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US Navy identifies pilot killed in accident during training mission in California


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The US Navy pilot who was involved in a fatal crash while on a routine training mission in Trona, California earlier this week has been identified.

Lt. Richard Bullock, who was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, was on a routine training flight in an F/A-18E Super Hornet at approximately 2:30 p.m. suddenly collapsed “in a remote, uninhabited area,” the Navy said.

The United States Navy has identified Lt. Richard Bullock as the pilot involved in a fatal crash while on a routine training mission in Trona, California.
(US Navy)

“No civilians were injured as a result of this incident,” a statement from the Naval Air Force Public Affairs Office said.

Local authorities helped the Navy secure the crash site and are contributing to the ongoing recovery effort, the statement said.

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US Navy identifies pilot killed in accident during training mission in California

FILE- The F/A-18E Super Hornet.
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“The Navy mourns this tragic loss alongside Lt. Bullock’s family, friends and shipmates,” the Naval Air Force Public Affairs Office said.

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The Navy is still investigating the cause of the crash.

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