Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crashScores of emergency personnel from numerous agencies raced across the valley Tuesday morning in response to a downed F/A-18E Super Hornet just off of Hwy-14 near the Hwy-178 turnoff.

The plane crashed just after 10 a.m., setting fire to the surrounding area, which firefighters quickly extinguished.

According to a release from Naval Air Station Lemoore, the Super Hornet “experienced a mishap during a routine training flight in the Superior Valley.” While just south of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the pilot safely ejected and met up with first responders.

Lemoore announced later that afternoon that the pilot had been “released from the medical facility following a thorough examination,” and that the Navy was continuing an investigation of the incident with local authorities.

Highways 14 and 178 were closed down for several hours following the crash. They have since reopened, but areas surrounding the crash site remain closed as announced by the Bureau of Land Management.

Further details were not available at press time.

First responders survey the scene of an F/A-18E Super Hornet crash near Inyokern. - Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-10-20