The Marine Corps has announced that a US fighter jet has crashed close to a military installation in San Diego.
On Thursday, just before midnight local time, an F/A-18 Hornet fighter crashed close to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, roughly 15 miles (24 km) from San Diego.
The pilot’s condition wasn’t immediately known. There are now search and rescue efforts going on.
A Marine Corps inquiry into the incident has begun.
The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar announced in a statement Friday morning that the accident location is on government property immediately east of the station.
According to the base’s statement, there are no signs of property damage on the ground.
According to NBC News, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is assisting in the search with personnel and a helicopter.
“More information will be provided as it becomes available,” MCAS Miramar said in a statement.F/A-18 Hornet fighter and attack aircraft are operated by both the Marine Corps and the US Navy.
The first models of the aircraft were introduced to the Marine Corps in 1983, and the Navy the following year.Seven people were injured when a Navy F/A-18 crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2012.
Four years previously, in 2008, an F/A-18 from Miramar crashed into a San Diego residential area, killing four persons on the ground. The pilot was able to eject and survive the catastrophe.
Credit: BBC edited By Africteam