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Navy Pilot Killed While Training

May 29, 1998

FALLON, Nev. (AP) _ A Navy pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed during training exercises over the rugged northern Nevada terrain.

The pilot was identified Thursday as Lt. Jonathan Bennett Nolan, 28, of Syracuse, N.Y. His FA-18, based in Jacksonville, Fla., was flying with at least one other jet and two helicopters 20 miles south of Naval Air Station Fallon when it went down about 9 p.m. Wednesday, air station spokeswoman Anne McMillin said.

Authorities did not know the cause of the crash, which occurred about 65 miles southeast of Reno.

Also Thursday, a Navy helicopter crashed during training exercises near here, reportedly killing one crew member and injuring nine others.

The crash was unrelated to the continuing search for wreckage in the fatal crash of the jet fighter.

Navy officials didn’t immediately confirm the death of the one crew member aboard the SH-60F Seahawk helicopter, saying only that nine crew members had been injured and a 10th was missing.

But KOLO-TV reported Thursday night that the missing crew member had died in the crash after a fire broke out in flight.

The nine crew members who exited after a hard landing were picked up by another helicopter, treated for minor injuries and released Thursday, McMillin said.

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