Rescue teams search for missing naval pilot after F-18 Super Hornet crash in & # 39; Star Wars Canyon & # 39; near Death Valley
- The F / A-18E Super Hornet with a seat crashed near Death Valley on Wednesday
- Search and rescue teams were sent to hunt for the missing pilot
- Crash took place in a training area that is informally known as & # 39; Star Wars Canyon & # 39;
A single-seat F-A-18E Super Hornet crashed near Death Valley in California, and the status of the pilot is unknown, said naval officers.
The jet fighter at the Naval Air Station Lemoore crashed Wednesday morning between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time, said a spokesperson for the Navy.
The plane descended near Death Valley, just north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, in a training area known as Star Wars Valley.
An F / A-18E Super Hornet can be seen in a file photo during training exercises in Star Wars Canyon. A similar plane crashed on Wednesday near Death Valley in California
A FA / 18E Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore flies by the nickname Star Wars Canyon in Death Valley National Park in 2017, near where the crash occurred
A base rescue team and officials from the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Inyo County are on the scene of the crash.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is located approximately 125 miles north of Los Angeles.
The first reports indicated that the Boeing F / A-18E Super Hornet perished on the west side of Death Valley National Park, near Father Crowley Overlook.
The view is an area known colloquially as & # 39; Star Wars Canyon & # 39;, used since the 1930s for military training flights.
Military aircraft enthusiasts regularly meet there to see fighter jets training through the tight gap, reminiscent of scenes from the Star Wars films.
The F / A-18 forms the backbone of the Navy fighter jet fleet and the Super Hornet variant became operational in 2001.
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