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16-5192 — - This photo of 165192, the first picture of the VMFA 232 "Red Devils" F/A-18C Hornet to be posted into the FA photo gallery, was taken only 90 days ago.  Earlier today (just over 6 hours ago, at around 11 AM here), this Bug crashed a few miles southeast of NAS Fallon shortly after taking off on a maintenance check flight.  Fortunately, the pilot ejected safely prior to the crash and walked away from the crash site.
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This photo of 165192, the first picture of the VMFA 232 "Red Devils" F/A-18C Hornet to be posted into the FA photo gallery, was taken only 90 days ago. Earlier today (just over 6 hours ago, at around 11 AM here), this Bug crashed a few miles southeast of NAS Fallon shortly after taking off on a maintenance check flight. Fortunately, the pilot ejected safely prior to the crash and walked away from the crash site.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The pilot was transported to Banner Churchill Hospital in Fallon. Although the extent of any injuries he may have suffered is not specifically known, the wonderful fact that he was able to walk away from the scene is very positive news.
The crash occurred southeast of KNFL. The aircraft was totally destroyed.
sam kuminecz
Great capture gary
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
TY, Sam. As an update ... The pilot was not admitted to the hospital.
sam kuminecz
It's been a rough year for aviation.
Kurt Finger
Gary, thanks for the update on the pilot. Appreciate your posting of the photo.
Mark See
Nice shot Gary and glad to hear he is OK

Sam: It definitely has, just yesterday there was a fatal crash near Van Nuys airport, just 40 miles northwest of my house and also I just found out when I woke up this morning that a 777 crashed in Dubai, luckily everyone was ok in that one, but the plane was destroyed.
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