The pilot of a vintage military aircraft is dead, after the plane he was flying crash landed in a field in Ventura County
It happened at around 12:15 this afternoon, between Camarillo and Pt. Mugu, as the plane was headed towards Naval Base Ventura County.
The plane was a British Hawker Hunter jet, owned by a company which had a contract with the U.S. military. The Hunters were developed in the 1950’s and used by the RAF in various configurations until the 1990’s. This type of plane is often used for training exercises, in which it plays an enemy plane. The aircraft disintegrated on impact, with pieces strewn over a wide area. No one on the ground was hurt.
Navy officials say the aircraft was owned, and operated by a company called Airborne Tactical Advantage Company. The name of the pilot hasn’t been released yet. The cause of the crash is under investigation.