Jet Used for Navy Training Crashes

The crash occurred about three miles from Camarillo Airport north of Los Angeles

By Jonathan Lloyd and Rosa Ordaz
|  Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 2:14 PM PDT
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The pilot of a small plane was killed when the aircraft crashed Friday about three miles southeast of Camarillo Airport.

Officials with Naval Base Ventura County confirmed the plane is a Hawker Hunter contracted by the Navy from Airborne Tactical Advantage Company.

The crash occurred near Potrero Road and Old Hueneme Road around 12:15 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The plane was returning to Point Mugu after completing a routine mission, base officials said.

It took off from the base on a training sortie with another aircraft and went down as it was returning, about two miles from the runway in the middle of a farm field.

Ventura County Fire spokesperson Steve Swindle did not know if the pilot was a civilian or a member of the military.

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