Accident Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet 168471, Wednesday 31 July 2019
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Date:Wednesday 31 July 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic F18S model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
Owner/operator:VFA-151 USN
Registration: 168471
MSN: E228
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:nr Father Crowley Overlook, Death Valley Nat. Park, Inyo County, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lemoore NAS/Reeves Field, CA (NLC/KNLC)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Vigilantes" of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, impacted rugged canyon wall terrain in Death Valley National Park, 98 miles east of Naval Air Weapons Stations China Lake, California (Armitage Field, KNID), during a low altitude training.
The aircraft was completely destroyed and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injures. Seven tourists were injured, they were at the Father Crowley Overlook in an area known as the Star Wars Canyon.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

31-Jul-2019 22:30 Captain Adam Added
31-Jul-2019 23:19 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source]
01-Aug-2019 01:38 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2019 13:07 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Aug-2019 13:07 Aerossurance Updated [Operator]
01-Aug-2019 18:33 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
01-Aug-2019 20:01 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
01-Aug-2019 20:32 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Aug-2019 06:34 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Aug-2019 19:35 Captain Adam Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
08-Feb-2020 18:21 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Feb-2020 20:20 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Jun-2020 07:32 Hoetro Updated [Registration, Source]
15-Jun-2020 13:53 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source]
19-Aug-2020 16:00 Jixon Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-Jan-2022 13:55 rvargast17 Updated [Time, Cn]

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