Marine Corps warplane crashes in California, killing pilot

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.–Marine Corps F/A-18C warplane crashed in the California desert and the pilot was killed, the service said July 29.

The jet went down around 10:30 p.m., July 28 during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, according to a statement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the aircraft’s San Diego-area base.

The sprawling Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located at Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

The pilot from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was not identified.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The nature of the training mission was not specified. AP

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