Navy jet fighter crashes in California; pilot ejected safely

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A plane crashed near a Central
California military base but not before authorities say the pilot ejected in midair and safely parachuted to the ground.

Kings County Fire Chief Bill Lynch tells The Sentinel newspaper in Hanford that the pilot walked to emergency responders after reaching the ground on Monday afternoon.

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 has been extinguished, and no roads have been closed.

The Naval Air Station Lemoore Public Affairs Office says the plane was a FA-18E Super Hornet
assigned to Lemoore Naval Air Station and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The office says the pilot “ejected safely and is in good condition” and that no other injuries have
been reported.

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

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