The US Navy has confirmed that the pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet that went down in the early morning hours of July 31 died in the crash.
The navy added the aircraft was on a routine training mission and that the cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
The Super Hornet from the ‘Vigilantes’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, crashed approximately 40 miles north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.
In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the identity of the pilot will be withheld until 24 hours following notification of next of kin.
“The Navy mourns the loss of one of our own, and our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy,” the service said in a statement.