OXNARD (CBS) — A jet making its way to Point Mugu Naval Air Station crashed in Oxnard Friday, killing the pilot on board, authorities reported.READ MORE: Man, 52, Taken Into Custody After Alleged Bomb Threat At U.S. Post Office In Oxnard
The Federal Aircraft and Aviation department received reports at 12:15 p.m. of a plane down at Laguna and Protero roads, near Cal State University Channel Islands.
The aircraft is a Hawker Hunter jet registered to Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, a company contracted by the Navy to provide adversary support for fleet exercises off the California coast.READ MORE: Up-And-Down Chargers Hold Off Bengals For 41-22 Victory
“It’s a civilian-contracted airplane to the Navy, and it was a former military pilot,” Naval Base spokesman Vance Vasquez told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. “These are not current military airplanes and/or aircraft that are owned by the Navy.”
The plane was returning back to Point Mugu from a mission and crashed into an unpopulated area of Oxnard.MORE NEWS: AP: Chris Cuomo Accused Of Sexual Harassment Days Before CNN Firing
The pilot, a former Navy serviceman, was the only passenger aboard.