F-18 Midair in CA

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Unread post27 Jun 2006, 02:40

Anyone have any news on the F-18 crash in Ca? From what has been reported, they were on a BFM hop and collided, killing 1. The other guy punched out. Just wondering if anyone has any other info around here.
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Unread post27 Jun 2006, 14:50

That's what I read.

Aero-News.net wrote:Navy Fighters Collide Over Central California
Mon, 26 Jun '06

One Pilot Killed, Another Injured After Ejecting
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.26.06 1935 EDT: The Navy has confirmed one pilot was killed, and another seriously injured, after both ejected moments after their planes collided over central California, near the town of King City.
Further details aren't yet available -- but a Fort Hunter Liggett spokesman said two parachutes were seen immediately after the accident.

The victims were members of Strike Fighter Squadron 125, also known as the "Rough Riders."

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.26.06 1800 EDT: It is not yet known for certain whether there were any casualties in a midair collision Monday involving two Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighters in the skies over central California.

The two jets -- based out of Lemoore Naval Air Station -- were flying a training mission when they collided, according to Navy spokesman Dennis McGrath. The fighters then impacted the ground and started a fire at Fort Hunter Liggett, a remote Army Reserve base about 150 miles south of San Francisco.

Located 30 miles southwest of Fresno, Lemoore NAS supplied all fighter jets to Navy ships operating off the West Coast. The Associated Press reports the base also serves as a training site for F/A-18s.

Monday's accident was the second this year involving fighters out of Lemoore. In January, the pilot of another F/A-18 was killed when his plane went down near El Centro, CA.

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Unread post27 Jun 2006, 20:26

The Boeing Website writes:

FT. HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- Two Navy jet fighters on a training mission collided Monday over this military base 150 miles south of San Francisco, killing one pilot and injuring the other.

The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. over a remote portion of the sprawling base, said Cmdr. Jack Hanzlik, a Naval Air Forces spokesman. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Both pilots parachuted from their stricken F/A-18C Hornets. Flaming wreckage started two fires that spanned 500 acres in the base's tinder-dry brush.

Crews from the base fire department, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had brought both blazes under control by late afternoon, a base spokesman said.

Navy officials described the pilots' "air-to-air intercept training" mission as routine.

Both were based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in the Central Valley and were members of Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 125, a unit that trains Navy and Marine pilots in preparation for deploying with aircraft carriers.

Ft. Hunter Liggett -- a rolling, rugged expanse of 165,000 acres -- is a frequent site for aerial training maneuvers by pilots from Lemoore, 76 miles to the east. It is one of the nation's largest Army Reserve command posts and is used primarily for training purposes.

The fatally injured pilot was a Marine, Hanzlik said. Officials declined to release names but said the identity of the pilot who was killed would be disclosed today.

The single-seat Hornet jet fighters can fly as fast as 1,190 mph and at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. They are among the planes most favored by the Navy and the Marines for use in combat.

In January, a training accident took the life of a Lemoore-based Hornet pilot when he crashed in the desert near El Centro.

Another Lemoore pilot was killed in a midair collision over China Lake in July 2005.
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