Update For Death Valley Fighter Aircraft Crash -- Pilot Confirmed Dead And Identified

Credit: Homestead Air Reserve Base
It is being reported that the pilot of the fighter aircraft that crashed in the west of Death Valley National Park was killed in the incident.

On July 31 two F/A-18E jets were on a training flight through Rainbow Canyon when one of those aircraft crashed.

It was not known immediately if the pilot had survived, but it has now been reported that the pilot was killed in the crash.

The pilot has been identified as Lt. Charles Z. Walker, who was assigned to the "Vigilantes" of VFA-152 stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. He was 33-years-old.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Seven visitors to Death Valley National Park had been in the vicinity of the crash at the Father Crowley Overlook. That group did sustain several injuries, including burns and cuts from flying shrapnel from the crash. They have been or are currently being treated for those injuries, though none of their injuries are life-threatening.

Navy Fighter Jet Crashes At Death Valley National Park, California

It has been reported that a U.S. Navy fight jet has crashed on the west side of Death Valley National Park in California. An alert from the On Wednesday morning, July 31, the aircraft was seen making its way through Rainbow Canyon, an area often used during training flights.


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