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F-18 fighter jet crashes in Nevada

It is very sad each time, and yet again, a fighter pilot died last week as he trained in Nevada. Indeed, the U.S. Navy confirmed last night that a Top Gun pilot has been killed in a crash – a day after a fighter jet went down during a training exercise in western Nevada. U.S. Pacific Fleet said officials determined the pilot’s status on Sunday, according to Naval Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Reagan Lauritzen. The pilot’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The F/A-18C, a U.S. Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center for elite “Top Gun” pilot training, went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, she said. When crews arriving at the crash site they found that the aircraft was a total loss. It took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of Saturday’s crash on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon because of a snow storm and mountainous, remote terrain. But there was no immediate word released about the pilot. The Navy reported incorrectly on Saturday that the jet was one of its Hornets. The Navy said that there were no reports of any other injuries or damage as a result of the crash, and the jet was not carrying any weapons or munitions on the training flight. It is understood that the pilot was undertaking top level elite fighter training at the time of his death.

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