LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX/KTVU) - A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Death Valley near the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake and the status of the pilot is currently "unknown," according to officials.
The Navy says the aircraft was one of its F/A-18E Super Hornet jets, a single-seat model jet with one pilot.
At approximately 10:00 a.m PST an F/A-18E crashed near @NAWS_CL. Search-and-rescue efforts are underway.— flynavy (@flynavy) July 31, 2019
Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet's Joint Strike Fighter Wing, added, "A F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the 'Vigilantes' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, crashed east of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.
"Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown," Bock added. "The cause of the crash is currently under investigation."
The aircraft from VFA-151 was on a routine training flight when the mishap occurred. Search and rescue units from @NAWS_CL and NAS Lemoore are on scene. The cause of the mishap is under investigation.— flynavy (@flynavy) July 31, 2019
China Lake is a bombing and testing range for the United States Navy and is located approximately 125 miles north of Los Angeles.
In March 2018, two naval aviators were killed when a two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed off Key West, Fla.