A F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet of the United States Navy crashed in California’s Death Valley National Park.
• The incident, which took place on October 4, 2021, was revealed by the US Navy a day later.
• The Super Hornet crashed in a remote area in southern Death Valley National Park, according to the Navy statement.
• Despite being a two-seater, the aircraft was operated by a single pilot, who managed to eject safely and suffered only minor injuries.
• The pilot was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and released later the same day.
• No other injuries were reported.
• The cause for the crash is unknown, and an investigation has been opened.
• The aircraft belonged to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) based at Naval Air
• Weapons Station China Lake, also in California.
• The facility is a research center operated by the US Navy.
The VX-9 squadron, nicknamed The Vampires, is tasked with developing tactical procedures for the employment of the Navy’s combat aircraft and their weapons.
Information source Aerotime Hub
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