Combat Aircraft Crashes During Evening Training Exercise in Fallon

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. - An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft attempting to land at NAS Fallon crashed at approximately 1:10 a.m., Tuesday.

The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was treated at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon for minor injuries.

The aircraft, operated by STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON TWO ZERO FOUR from NAS New Orleans, veered off the runway and crashed on Navy property just east of the field.

The aircraft was completing a mission as an adversary aircraft during a night training exercise.

The other aircraft involved in the exercise were forced to divert to Reno Cannon Airport and NAS Lemoore.

No one on the ground was hurt in the incident.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

According to the Boeing Web site, the F/A-18 fulfills the following types of assignment: fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, and day and night strike missions. Top speed is Mach 1.8.

The F/A-18 has been deployed by the armed services of the following nations: United States (Navy and Marines), Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Finland, Switzerland, and Malaysia.

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