A Marine Corps jet fighter crashed and burned in the Southern California desert however the pilot ejected safely.
The twin-engine F/A-18C Hornet crashed near the end of a training flight at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.The pilot appeared to have no major injuries, but he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.The aircraft has burned however .
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.The Hornet was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 31 from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
The sprawling air base, 140 miles east of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, trains pilots from around the country.In July, another F/A-18C warplane went down during a training mission at the base, killing the pilot. In August, an F/A-18D made an emergency landing after a warning light alerted the pilot to a possible fire. The problem was traced to a seal failure that tripped on-board sensors.