One man is dead after the Navy jet he was piloting crashed Saturday during a training exercise in western Nevada, The Associated Press reported.
It took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of the crash on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon because of a snowstorm and mountainous, remote terrain.
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At first, there was no immediate word about the condition of the pilot but the U.S. Pacific Fleet said officials determined his status on Sunday, Naval Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Reagan Lauritzen told the AP.
The pilot's name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The F/A-18C, a U.S. Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, she said.
When crews arriving at the crash site they found that the aircraft was a total loss.
The Navy reported incorrectly on Saturday that the jet was one of its Hornets.
The Navy said there were no reports of any other injuries or damage as a result of the crash, and the jet was not carrying any weapons or munitions on the training flight.
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