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.
F18 PLANE CRASH: This is video just in from the scene near the Robbers Roost rock formation in East Kern County (near Hwy 14 and Hwy 178 junction). No word on any injuries. pic.twitter.com/bUZpRQu7tb
— Eytan Wallace (@EytanWallace) October 20, 2020
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.