The Marine Corps has confirmed an F/A-18 fighter crashed at its Miramar Air Station near San Diego late Thursday. The aircraft went down on federal property east of the developed portion of the base and the fate of the pilot and possibly a back-seater wasn’t released. It wasn’t immediately known if the aircraft was the single- or two-seat version of the aircraft. The crash happened just before midnight and an emergency response was initiated immediately involving both military and civilian resources.
The Marines said the aircraft did not belong to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the unit based at Miramar, but was operating out of the base. Its home unit was not revealed. “The crash site is on government property east of the air station and there are no indications of damage to property on the ground,” the base said in a statement. “Search and rescue actions are ongoing. An investigation has begun.”