VFA-204 F/A-18 crashed at NAS Fallon

An F/A-18A Hornet crashed while trying to land at the Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada, early Tuesday. Luckily, the pilot ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries. No other casualties were reported.

According to the base report, the pilot was completing a mission as an adversary aircraft when the he crashed the F/A-18 fighter jet at about 1:10 a.m. The F-18 Hornet was operated by the New Orleans-based Strike Fighter Attack Squadron Two Zero Four. It veered off the runway and crashed on Navy property just east of the field, the Navy reported in a statement.

The F/A-18 “Hornet” is a single- and two-seat, twin engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases. It has proven to be an ideal component of the carrier based tactical aviation equation over its 15 years of operational experience. The only F/A-18 characteristic found to be marginally adequate by battle group commanders, outside experts, and even the men who fly the Hornet, is its range when flown on certain strike mission profiles. However, the inadequacy is managed well with organic and joint tanking assets.

The other aircraft involved were forced to divert to Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Lemoore Naval Air Station in Northern California.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Source: RGJ.com, FAS.org

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