According to an announcement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, a US military F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet experienced a crash during the later hours of Thursday, close to San Diego.
The Marines released a statement on Friday confirming that efforts for search and rescue are currently underway.
The crash transpired on US government territory near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The Marines emphasized that there is no evidence of any harm inflicted upon ground property.
An investigation into the crash has begun, according to the Marines.
The F/A-18 Hornet is the nation’s first all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, and is considered “the workhorse of Marine Corps tactical aviation,” according to Naval Air Systems Command.
Pilot Update Added:
The pilot of an F-18 military jet that crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego early Friday morning has died, according to U.S. defense official. Officials did not say if the jet was a single-seater or two-seater aircraft.