WASHINGTON, March 1 A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet
fighter jet crashed Saturday during a training mission near a
Nevada air base, the Navy said.
The status of the pilot was not immediately clear, Navy
spokesman Commander Ryan Perry said in a statement.
Perry said an investigation would be conducted to determine
the cause of the crash, which occurred on a training range about
70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.
Navy personnel are headed to the scene, he said.
The F/A-18C Hornet is a single-seat fighter jet built by
Boeing Co beginning in 1987. It is powered by two
F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines built by
General Electric Co.