Military trainer jet crashes in Ventura County, killing pilot

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A civilian training jet on contract to the military crashed just outside Camarillo in Ventura County Friday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

The Hawker Hunter jet trainer took off from Naval Base Ventura County and crashed at about 12:15 p.m. two to three miles from the runway, Ventura County fire department spokesman Steve Swindle said. The pilot was the only person aboard.

"We understand that it had been up with another aircraft out on a training flight and they were returning to base when the aircraft, for unknown reasons, went down," Swindle told KPCC.

Swindle did not know if the pilot was a civilian or a member of the military.

Camarillo is about 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

This also happens to come on the one-year anniversary of another plane crash at the same air base.

With contributions from Rob Strauss

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