Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l Park

Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l ParkSan Diego - An F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley National Park, California at approximately 3 p.m. (PDT), October 4.

The pilot received minor injuries and was treated at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was later released that night. The crash occurred in a remote area of the park, with no bystanders being injured.

The pilot was flying the Super Hornet as part of “routine operations” when the pilot crashed in Death Valley National Park. No details about the pilot, including rank, were released. Reportedly, there was only one person in the two-seat aircraft.

Search and rescue units from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS China Lake), Fort Irwin Army Base and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) 1 from Marine Corps Air Station Uma responded to the scene and rescued the pilot.

The crash is being investigated by the Navy and Death Valley National Park, are also coordinating cleanup efforts.

The Super Hornet is assigned to the “Vampires” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9, based at NAWS China Lake.

The U.S. Navy is cooperating fully with local authorities while the incident is under investigation.

Courtesy photo: A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9, based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, crashed Monday in the Death Valley National Park. The pilot suffered only minor injuries.

Story First Published: 2021-10-08