A military jet has crashed near the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California, leaving officials searching for a missing pilot. The crash involved an F/A-18 Hornet, according to a news release on Facebook by the base. The incident took place just before midnight local time, and the crash site is located on government property with no damage to any property reported. The aircraft was operating out of the base but was not a part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is headquartered at Miramar.
The U.S. Coast Guard and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews have been actively searching for the pilot since the crash. The search was still ongoing as of 5:30 a.m. local time on Friday morning. Authorities have not provided any updates on the condition of the pilot at this time.
MCAS Miramar is home to over 12,000 Marines, sailors, and civilians. The base, situated approximately 10 miles north of San Diego, is vital to the Marine Corps' operations. The F/A-18 Hornet, the aircraft involved in the crash, is a multirole combat aircraft flown by the Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and several other nations, according to the Associated Press.
According to additional reports, the fighter jet crashed late Thursday night north of San Diego. The pilot's fate remains unknown at this time. The accident occurred at 11:54 PST and involved an F/A-18 Hornet based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. It is worth noting that the jet was not affiliated with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The crash site is located on government property east of the air station, with no signs of property damage.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatched a helicopter to assist in the search for the pilot between 3:48 a.m. and 4:21 a.m. However, no updates have been provided regarding the pilot's whereabouts. The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Diego.
According to unnamed officials, a military aircraft crashed overnight near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, as reported by various media outlets. The cause of the F/A-18 Hornet crash remains unknown. ABC News and Fox News both reported that only one pilot was onboard, and their condition is currently undisclosed. It has not been confirmed whether there were any additional individuals on the flight.
No official statements have been released by the Pentagon at this time. Fox News quoted a statement from the base, stating that the crash occurred in a remote area on government land near an interstate highway around 11:54 p.m. on Thursday. The base clarified that the aircraft involved was not part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing but was operating out of MCAS Miramar.
According to ABC, citing an unnamed defense official, the aircraft was on a training flight when the incident occurred. As the investigation continues, further updates from official sources are expected.
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