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Marine Jet Crashes; Pilots OK

January 11, 2000

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) _ A Marine Corps jet crashed during a training exercise Monday, but the two pilots ejected and did not suffer serious injuries, a military spokesman said.

The F/A-18 Hornet fighter based in San Diego crashed east of Yuma, said Maj. Stephen Kay, a spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

The pilots were taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. No other aircraft were involved, Kay said.

The pilots are part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, which frequently trains or refuels at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station near the Arizona-California line.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

In June, another F/A-18 Hornet based at Miramar crashed during an exercise near Yuma. The two pilots ejected; one died.

In November, an F/A-18 Hornet from the Navy’s Blue Angels precision flying team based in Pensacola, Fla., crashed during a training flight near Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Both people aboard were killed.

The F/A-18 is a twin-seat attack jet manufactured by the McDonnell Douglas Corp. It costs $28 million and was first used by the Marine Corps in October 1989.

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