Fighter Pilot Survives Landing Mishap at Military Base in Twentynine Palms

F/A-18 fighter jet had a landing mishap Tuesday evening at a military base in Southern California’s high desert, forcing the pilot to eject from the aircraft.

The pilot, stationed to a Marine Corps aviation group in South Carolina, was hospitalized with minor injuries, according to 1st Lt. John Roberts, a spokesman for the Marine Corps.

What precipitated the emergency escape is under investigation.

The incident was initially reported as a jet crash about 6 p.m. at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, according to a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

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