US military jet crashes near MCAS Miramar: Pilot confirmed dead
In a tragic turn of events, a United States military jet crashed near Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, California, late on Friday night, resulting in the death of the pilot. According to ABC News, citing a defense official, the jet involved in the crash was an F/A-18 Hornet.
Details of the Tragic F/A-18 Hornet Crash
MCAS Public Affairs Confirms Crash Happened East of Interstate 15
The MCAS public affairs had earlier informed NBC 7 that the military jet crash took place just before midnight in a remote area east of Interstate 15. Fox News, corroborating the statement from the base in California, reported that the accident occurred near an interstate highway around 11:54 pm local time.
Pilot Was On a Training Flight
ABC News Cites Defense Official Confirming Solo Flight
Both Fox News and ABC News have confirmed that there was only one pilot onboard at the time of the crash. The aircraft was reportedly on a training flight, adding another layer of complexity to the ongoing investigation.
Search and Rescue Operation Underway
MCAS Reports No Ground Damage, Search Ongoing for Additional Details
While a search and rescue operation is underway, the MCAS public affairs team has reported to NBC 7 that there are no indications of damage to property on the ground.
This fatal incident involving a military F/A-18 Hornet jet near MCAS Miramar adds to the growing concerns about military aviation safety. As the search and rescue operations continue, further details are awaited to understand the full scope and cause of this tragic accident.