Navy fighter jet crashes in California desert

CHINA LAKE, Calif. (AP) The Navy says an F/A-18 Super Hornet warplane was on a routine training mission when it crashed in the California desert.

Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock says search-and-rescue teams responded to the scene Wednesday morning but the status of the pilot remains unknown.

The crash was reported at 9:50 a.m. north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the Mojave Desert.

The aircraft was from strike fighter squadron VFA-151 stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley.