>Thursday October 5 8:15 PM ETPilot OK in Ariz. Marine Jet Crash
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Marine Corps fighter jet crashed during a training
mission in Arizona on Thursday and the pilot ejected safely.
The F-18C single-seat fighter crashed on the Barry Goldwater training range
at Yuma during a training session with other F-18s, said Maj. Pat Gibbons, a
spokesman at Marine headquarters in the Pentagon (rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/*search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=Pentagon&c=&n=10&yn=c
The pilot, Capt. Les P. Verdon, was treated for minor cuts and bruises and
released from the Yuma Regional Medical Center, according to a Marine Corps
There was no immediate indication of what caused the accident. It happened at
11:25 a.m. EDT, Gibbons said.
The aircraft is from Marine Air Squadron 251 at Beaufort, S.C., and was
temporarily assigned to Yuma.
Last month two F-18s collided during a training mission near Yuma, killing
two aviators. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001005/us/marine_corps_crash_2.html