FELICITY —- An AV-8B Harrier fighter jet carrying live ordnance crashed Wednesday near here, making this at least the seventh Harrier to crash in eastern Imperial County since 1996.
The pilot involved in Wednesday’s crash ejected safely, a Marine Corps Air Station Yuma official said.
All of the seven Harrier jets to crash in the county flew out of MCAS Yuma, according to Imperial Valley Press archives. Six of those crashes were confirmed between 1996 and 2003.
It’s still unknown what caused Wednesday afternoon’s crash nor the extent of the pilot’s injuries, MCAS Yuma spokeswoman Capt. Staci Reidinger said. However, she said the injuries were thought to be minor.
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