War games training kills pilot

by nph | May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012

An unnamed aviator was killed on Friday in Camarillo, California, reports Examiner.com.

The plane was a vintage British-made Hawker Hunter military training jet, and it was being flown by a civilian pilot, when it crashed into a plowed field near Naval Air Station Point Mugu and burst into flames, which were quickly extinguished by local Ventura County fire fighters.

A single-seat subsonic British jet aircraft developed in the 1950s, the aircraft has a maximum speed of 715 miles an hour and was carrying 5,000 pounds of aviation fuel when it crashed.

The aircraft was taking part in a training exercise in which it was playing the role of an enemy warplane. In war games, the Naval base makes use of planes and pilots to provide mock enemy support for its ships operating out of San Diego. On its final approach to the base, the Hawker Hunter jet crashed about two miles from the runway.

At the time of the fatal accident, weather conditions were calm, with clear skies and unlimited visibility.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Traffic Safety Board are investigating this accident.

The military crash lawyers at Nurenberg, Parris, Heller & McCarthy offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the pilot who died in this fatal aviation accident.

If you are someone you know has had his or her safety compromised on a commercial or private airline, our aviation accident attorneys may be able to help.