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Private jet plane crashes near military base in California


A small jet plane owned by a private company crashed on its approach to landing at a military base in Southern California on Wednesday, killing the pilot, officials said.
The Hawker Hunter aircraft went down in a strawberry field near Naval Base Ventura County, some 60 miles (97 km) west of Los Angeles, said Bill Nash, a spokesman for the county fire department.
The pilot on board was declared dead at the scene of the crash, which did not injure anyone on the ground or involve another plane, Nash said.

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The aircraft was operated by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company on contract with the U.S. military to simulate enemy planes for training purposes, said Naval Base Ventura County spokeswoman Kimberly Gearhart.
Gearhart said the Virginia-based company confirmed the pilot was a civilian and retired fighter pilot. Airborne Tactical did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Hawker Hunter is a type of plane first built in the 1950s and previously used by the British Royal Air Force and other nations such as India.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene on Wednesday night and investigating the crash, Gearhart said

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