U.S. Navy jet crashes in Death Valley's Star Wars Canyon

The F/A-18 fighter jet crashed during training, while authorities have yet to determine the cause of the accident.


NSFW    DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA — An F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet has crashed in Death Valley National Park.

The aircraft was flying over Death Valley National Park during a routine training exercise on July 31 at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time when it crashed near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, according to a tweet from the U.S. Naval Air Forces.

Death Valley National Park spokesman Patrick Taylor told CNN that the crash caused seven visitors to suffer minor injuries. Taylor explained that this particular area of the park is known as Stars Wars Canyon and is a popular site for visitors to observe military training flights.

In a statement to the United States Naval Institute News, the Navy said search and rescue units were sent to the scene. The pilot's status is currently unknown and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
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