U.S. Navy F/A-18E Crashes Near China Lake. Pilot Ejected And In Stable Condition

File photo of U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released). In the box: the crash site (via KGET.com)

The Super Hornet was flying a training mission from NAS Lemoore, California.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E has crashed near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, on Oct. 20, 2020. The pilot is reported to have successfully ejected from the single-seat Super Hornet and is currently in stable condition at a local medical facility.

The aircraft, departed from NAS Lemoore, California, was on a training mission over the Superior Valley, when it crashed at around 10.20LT, near a rock formation on the west side of Highway 14, in Kern County.

No additional detail about the incident, that is currently being investigated, has been disclosed.

Last year, on July 31, 2019, another F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, the “Vigilantes” also based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, crashed in the Rainbow Canyon low flying training area.  Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33, was killed in the incident.

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