UPDATE: The Navy has made public the identity of a pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the Southern California desert last week. A Naval Air Forces statement released Sunday night says Lt. Richard Bullock was killed Friday afternoon when his F/A-18E Super Hornet went down in the vicinity of the small Mojave Desert community of Trona. Bullock was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. His home of record is listed as Montana. The Navy says Bullock was flying a routine training mission, and that the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
According to a release from the Navy, the pilot of a F/A-18E Super Hornet based at Naval Air Station Lemoore was killed when the plane crashed near Trona, Calif.
The identity of the pilot or the cause of the crash has not been released at this time.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Federal Firefighters and Naval Security Forces were on the scene of the crash.