US Navy jet crashes in Death Valley; pilot safely ejects
Information about US Navy jet crashes in Death Valley; pilot safely ejects
The unidentified pilot, who safely ejected from the aircraft, was treated for minor injuries at a Las Vegas hospital and was released later that night.
“No civilians were harmed as a result of this incident,” the Navy statement added. “The National Park Service and Navy will work together to coordinate cleanup of this Wilderness area.”
The aircraft was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake – located in the Mojave Desert about 150 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The Navy has used the installation since the 1940s for missile and rocket development, Stars and Stripes reported.
The incident is currently under investigation and the Navy says it is cooperating with local authorities.