Navy F-18 Crashes, 2 Dead

April 6, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Pictured above, a Royal Australian Air Force F-18 performs. On April 6, 2011, a Navy F-18 crashed in central California, killing two. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)
Pictured above, a Royal Australian Air Force F-18 performs. On April 6, 2011, a Navy F-18 crashed in central California, killing two. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)
An F-18 Super Hornet fighter jet crashed in California on Wednesday near a military base, the Navy said. Two aircrew were killed in the incident.

The crash occurred at the Naval Air Station Lemoore at around 12:08 p.m. The two crew members who died were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two.

The names of the two who died were not yet released to the public as their families need to be notified first.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and shipmates of the aircrew," Capt. James Knapp, Commanding Officer, NAS Lemoore stated.

The crew were doing routine fighter training when the crash occurred.

Knapp added that “an investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the mishap."

Lemoore is located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, located around 35 miles from Visalia and 70 miles north of Bakersfield.

F-18 fighter jets are commonly used to carry out bombing missions in Afghanistan and are commonly stationed on carriers in the Arabian sea.