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Navy identifies pilot killed in California fighter jet crash

August 2, 2019
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This undated photo provided Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 by the U.S. Navy shows Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33, the pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert. The Navy released a photo of Walker but provided no additional information, including his hometown. Walker's F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed July 31 in Death Valley National Park while flying through a canyon where military pilots conduct low-level training. The Super Hornet was based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. (U.S. Navy via AP)
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This undated photo provided Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 by the U.S. Navy shows Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33, the pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert. The Navy released a photo of Walker but provided no additional information, including his hometown. Walker's F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed July 31 in Death Valley National Park while flying through a canyon where military pilots conduct low-level training. The Super Hornet was based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. (U.S. Navy via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Navy has identified the pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert.

A Navy statement Friday says the pilot was 33-year-old Lt. Charles Z. Walker.

The Navy released a photo of Walker but provided no additional information, such as his hometown.

Walker’s F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed July 31 in Death Valley National Park while flying through a canyon where military pilots routinely conduct low-level training missions.

Seven park visitors on a canyon overlook suffered minor injuries caused by debris from the crash.

The Super Hornet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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