A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter aircraft on a routine training flight crashed in California’s Death Valley National Park, known to aviation enthusiasts as ‘Star Wars Canyon’, on July 31.
The incident occurred east of Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake and seven visitors to the national park suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.
The aircraft from VFA-151 was on a routine training flight when the mishap occurred. Search and rescue units from @NAWS_CL and NAS Lemoore are on scene. The cause of the mishap is under investigation.
— flynavy (@flynavy) July 31, 2019
The F/A-18, involved in the crash, was assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 “Vigilantes” based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.
The cause of the mishap is under investigation, according to U.S. Naval Air Forces.
Star Wars Canyon, officially called Rainbow Canyon, is a canyon inside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, on the park’s western border. It is commonly used by the U.S. Air Force and Navy for fighter jet training and is frequented by photographers who, from the canyon rim, are able to photograph jets flying beneath them.