Navy fighter jet crashes in California; pilot ejected safely

FILE PHOTO - F-18E Super Hornets refuel and fly over northern Iraq. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Navy fighter jet crashed near a California military base, but the pilot ejected and safely parachuted to the ground.

No one else was aboard the F/A-18 Super Hornet that crashed near Lemoore Naval Air Station shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

Navy spokesman Marc Calero says the pilot is in good condition.

California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger says the plane went down in a dirt field about 3 miles from Lemoore Naval Air Station.

Jobinger says a fire from the crash was extinguished and no roads in the area are closed.

Lemoore Naval Air Station, about 45 miles south of Fresno, is a center for the Navy’s West Coast F/A-18 fighter jet operations.


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