Navy pilot safely ejects as Super Hornet crashes in Death Valley
An F / A-18 Super Hornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 flies over the Gulf of Alaska, June 22, 2015 (Jeffrey Anderson / US Navy)
A Navy pilot sustained minor injuries when his F / A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley National Park on Monday, Navy officials said.
The plane crashed in a remote area of ââthe park, the service said in a press release that evening. The unidentified pilot, who ejected from the plane, was treated at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas and was released that night.
No civilians were injured, and the navy and local authorities are investigating the crash, the statement said. The military is working with the National Park Service to clean up the area, he said.
The Super Hornet was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif., The Navy said.
The jet is the last to descend into Death Valley in recent years. In 2019, a Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 151 at Naval Air Station Lemoore crashed into a ravine wall during routine training. The pilot was pronounced dead the day after the incident, after Navy officials canceled recovery efforts.
This accident took place about 40 miles from Navy Air Station China Lake. The Navy has used the China Lake facility, about 125 miles from Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, since the 1940s for missile and rocket development.