Fox News is reporting that the Navy has confirmed that the pilot of the Navy Jet was killed in the crash.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet issued a statement early Monday saying that reports from the scene indicated that the F/A-18C aircraft was a “total loss.”
In accordance with Defense Department policy, the name of the pilot will be withheld until 24 hours following the notification of next of kin.
A Navy F/A-18C Hornet has crashed in a remote mountainous area in northern Nevada.
After more than four hours teams have not yet reached the crash scene, so the status of the pilot is unknown
The Hornet is a single-seat jet and was on a training flight out of the Fallon Naval Air Station, where it was based. It’s last known position was around 70 miles east of the base, and it was last heard from at 3.00 p.m. Pacific time,
Because of the rugged terrain and the remoteness of the location, ground rescue crews and helicopters have not been able to reach the site where the jet was assumed to have crashed.
Navy spokeswoman Lt. Reagan Lauritzen told the Los Angeles Times that the cause of the crash remains unknown.
McDonnell Douglas were the manufacturers of the C-variant version of the jet from 1987 until 1999. The Aircraft has the capacity to carry both air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.
Unfortunately this is not the first time that a Hornet has crashed in Nevada.
In November 2013, The Inquisitr reported on a Navy Jet crash in Pensacola.
Only last January we reported a Navy jet crash off Virginia beach.
In April 2013, a U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into the northern Arabian Sea when an engine failed. luckily, on this occasion both crew members safely ejected. The F-18 Super Hornet was flying near the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier when it lost power.
And, in 2008, two Navy pilots collided over the Nevada desert, killing the pilot of an F/A-18C.
In 2006, a F/A-18C Hornet crashed into a vacant area of the Imperial Valley in California, killing the pilot.
Unfortunately, crashes of navy jets occur rather more frequently than one might imagine.