TWENTYNINE PALMS (AP) — The Marine Corps has named a pilot killed when his F/A-18C fighter jet crashed in the Southern California desert.

The Marines say 36-year-old Maj. Richard Norton of Arcadia was killed Friday.

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Norton was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area.

The Marines said Saturday that Norton’s twin-engine Hornet crashed during a close air support mission. It was part of a pre-deployment training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms east of Los Angeles.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Norton joined the Marines in 2005 and served in Afghanistan four years ago. He also had several deployments to Japan.

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