2 killed in F/A-18 crash in California
An F/A-18 such as this one crashed in California during a training flight Wednesday.
April 6th, 2011
07:46 PM ET

2 killed in F/A-18 crash in California

[Updated at 7:46 p.m. ET] Two crew members on a routine training flight were killed Wednesday when an F/A-18F aircraft crashed near Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, the U.S. Navy said.

Capt. James Knapp, commanding officer of the station, told reporters the plane, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 122, crashed at 12:08 p.m. PT (3:08 p.m. ET) in a private farm field about one half mile west of the property line.

The crash of the two-seat strike fighter, which occurred southwest of Fresno, is under investigation, Knapp said.

The names of the Super Hornet crew, a pilot and weapons system operator, were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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  1. sam

    another 15 billion down the drain

    April 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbarak

      Get real you fool. Nowhere near $15 billion.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      Try $50 million, per Jet

      April 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I'd rather lose 100 jets over losing even ONE service member.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. seriously really?

    You Hubris. Let us see you fly an f-18. It isn't like they fly these things with PS3 controls kid. You have no facts yet you assume its pilot error that resulted in the crash. Maybe it was aliens, cthulhu, or stealth chinese fighter! With the proof you have thus far one could come up with those conclusions also

    April 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shooter

    This Elmer guy is really sick, show some respect you retard.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joel Raes

    Damn, that is crazy. No ejection seats ?


    Joel Raes

    April 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      At a half mile from the runway, they probably didn't have time to punch out.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOhomeNAZIs

      You sir joel... are a giant dbag

      April 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Hey, those 2 men died doing what they loved, and serving in defense of mindless fools like yourself. I served with both of these aviators, and while you make jokes I get to see the looks on the faces of their loved ones. Be happy we do what we do, so that you mock us. In most other countries around world, you'd be locked in prison.

      April 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Josh, I'm with you. My nephew is Lt Commander flying F 18s as we speak somewhere in the gulf. As a ex mechanic on AH 1s an vet it's always a tragedy to loose service members. God Bless there family's and may they rest in peace.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Wow

    You guys are some real patriots arguing over an article about two american citizens dieing.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Whoa

    Why is there fighting over the internet when there was a tragic accident? Prayers and thoughts for the families. Such a horrible accident.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    That is my old base, hate to hear that.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin


    April 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jean

    After reading the comments on this site about the death of two American pilots in California, I feel sick to my stomach.No wonder this country is changing, with idiots like most of you running around. My heart goes out to their families and to their brothers in the Air Force. Wife of AF retiree.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chico

      They were Navy pilots, not Air Force.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. harster

    Aren't there more approp

    April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jean

    You are a sick minded person.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |


    April 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |

      May you rest proud and peacefully. My heart goes out to your families.

      April 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |

      Now that's the corniest post I've seen yet. After Iraq and Afghanistan and now Libya,who in their right mind can feel proud or gratefull!!!

      April 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |

      Proud and grateful for our military sacrifices they make for us Americans! If your not . . . consider moving to another country.

      April 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you,PROUD AND GRATEFUL AMERICAN. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!! I'm just as proud and grateful as you are!

      April 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • LW

      I never wanted to know what it felt like to lose someone that you've worked with 🙁 I can't get passed this hurt 🙁 God Rest Their Souls... Everyone please pray for their families...and our Military in general. Also, please make sure that you have a good relationship with the Lord, because Tomorrow is NOT promised.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. a young pilot.

    p.s. i watch top gun twice a day. i also have over 300 hours playing aces on my xbox, so i know what im talking about here.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou50

      did you also stay in a holiday express and have a big, big watch?

      April 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Sleezy

      Oh, so watching Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards circle jerk each other twice a day on top of playing X-box makes you a credible resource?

      April 7, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Logikflux

    It's sad. These things happen in training scenarios. They will check maintenance docs and go through the flight data recroders to see what happened. I feel bad for the family that lost their loved one today. When you're in the military you always know that it's a possibility, but you never think something is going to happen during training, or just routine work. Very sad, and my heart goes out to the families.

    USAF – Ret

    April 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. harster

    Oops...cell phone malfunction. Aren't there more appropriate places for this kind of dialogue? Show some respect for the pilots who died in this tragedy and their families. It doesn't matter how or why it happened. Bottom line is 2 lives have been lost. God bless them and their families.

    April 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
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