By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Naval Air Station Lemoore, United States Navy and San Bernardino County Fire District (Information):
Trona, California: A pilot with the United States Navy was killed after F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet plane crashes in the Mojave Desert on Friday, June 3rd, 2022.
The crash was reported at around 2:30 p.m. PT.
ZachNews was checking on the fire scanner of reports of another fire at the Carousel Mall in Downtown San Bernardino, California when reports of the fighter jet plane crash came in by a firefighter over on the fire scanner; that moment was captured by ZachNews and the recording is posted above.
At the 1:07 mark in the fire scanner recording, Patrol 57 from San Bernardino County Fire District’s Station 57 near Trona, California tells Comm-Center, “The debris field looks like this is definitely going to be a military aircraft.”
At the 2:13 mark in the fire scanner recording, Patrol 57 tells Comm-Center, “Hay would you contact… China Lake; advise them it’s pretty much in the middle of ??? Valley. If they could send their… their search and rescue helicopter out to fly over and maybe see if the pilot ejected somewhere. We didn’t see a parachute or anything… but we’re not in a really good… we’re pretty low… not a really good spot to see.”
At the 3:11 mark in the fire scanner recording, Patrol 57 tells China Lake 21, “Affirmative, just letting you know it goes down straight in, large crater, medium size debris field. On our way in, we did see an F-22 flying very slow through the area.”
Reports that the plane was a F/A-18E Super Hornet involved in the crash was based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore.
Naval Security Forces responded to the scene as well as firefighters based out of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
The identity of the pilot has not been released, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
According to their website, Naval Air Station Lemoore is located in Lemoore, California, and is home to Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific (CSFWP) and Commander Joint Strike Fighter Wing (CJSFW).
More than half of the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft reside here, and it is the only Navy installation to house the F-35C Lightning II. NAS Lemoore hosts 16 operational Strike Fighter squadrons, two Fleet Replacement squadrons and one Search and Rescue squadron and four west coast Carrier Air Wing Commands and staff.
On average, 210,000 flight operations occur annually.
ZachNews and the Colorado River Tri-State area communities sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the United States Navy pilot.