Pilot dies after military aircraft crashes in Ventura

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VENTURA, Calif. -- The civilian pilot of a military aircraft died Wednesday evening after the plane crashed in an agriculture field east of Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, authorities said.

The Hawker Hunter MK-58 crashed outside of the test range on Hueneme Road at 5:13 p.m., said Kimberly Gearhart, public affairs officer of Naval Base Ventura County.

The pilot ejected from the aircraft, and a parachute was visible south of the crash site, the Ventura County Star reported.  Fire officials confirmed the unidentified pilot did not survive the crash.

The pilot was the only person aboard, Gearhart said.

The jet was returning from a mission when it crashed on approach to Point Mugu, Gearhart said.

The aircraft was operated by Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., a Navy contractor that simulates threats during training missions, the Los Angeles Times reported.

What caused the plane to crash was under investigation.

Helicopter video of the area where the military plane crashed in Ventura County. (KCAL/KCBS)

Helicopter video of the area where the military plane crashed in Ventura County. (KCAL/KCBS)

A Hawker Hunter crashed in a nearby agricultural field in 2012, VCS reported.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.



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