Two Killed in California Navy Jet Crash

$50M Hornet disintegrates into smoldering debris in Fresno field
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2011 4:18 AM CDT
A Super Hornet similar to this one went down in a field near Fresno yesterday, killing two.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, file)

(Newser) – Two service members were killed yesterday when a fighter jet crashed into a field in central California during a training exercise. The F/A-18F Super Hornet went down a half mile from the Naval Air Station outside of Fresno. Witnesses said the $50 million aircraft disintegrated into "smoldering debris," reports AP. It was the second Hornet accident in just over a week in the state. The engine of a F/A-18C Hornet burst into flames on an aircraft carrier last week off San Diego. Several people were injured, but no one was killed in that accident.

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