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Navy jet crashes during training flight in Nevada

By CNN Staff
updated 11:40 AM EST, Sun March 2, 2014
  • Jet crashes about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada
  • Navy says it's working to confirm "status of the aircraft crew member"
  • Plane was assigned to Fallon's Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center

(CNN) -- A supersonic combat jet crashed Saturday afternoon on a training complex in rural Nevada, the Navy said.

The F/A-18C Hornet went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in western Nevada, an hour's drive east of Reno.

The aircraft was conducting a training flight. Navy personnel were en route to the scene Saturday night and had not yet "confirmed the status of the aircraft crew member," according to a news release.

The plane was assigned to the air station's Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

Naval Air Station Fallon is a popular training site because of its weather, which provides "more than 300 clear flying days per year" and its facilities, which include four bombing ranges, an electronic warfare range and a 14,000-foot runway, the longest in the Navy, the station's website says.

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CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.