US Navy fighter jet crashes near naval air station

A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft crashed on Tuesday into an open field near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.

No one was hurt during the incident and surrounding structures were not damaged, initial reports say.

According to a Navy statement, the Navy pilot managed to eject safely before the plane crashed at approximately 10:50 a.m. PDT. He was recovered by emergency response personnel, and has been transported to medical facilities for evaluation.

The F/A-18C Hornet was on temporary assignment to Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment Fallon, from Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 232.

Last week a Marine pilot was killed in an F/A-18 crash in California.

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