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MCAS Miramar pilot Maj. Richard Norton, 36, killed in aircraft crash outside Twentynine Palms, California

Modified Date: 
Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:48am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2016

MCAS Miramar Pilot Killed in Aircraft Crash in California

A pilot based out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego was killed in an F/A-18C Hornet crash in Twentynine Palms, California, U.S. Marine Corps officials said Friday.

The Marine Corps said the Third Marine Aircraft Wing pilot – whose name was not immediately released – died in the accident at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Marine Hornet pilot killed in California crash

The pilot was part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, based at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near Twentynine Palms. The crash, which occurred at about 10:30 PT Thursday, is under investigation. The pilot’s name has not been released.

U.S. Marine pilot killed in F/A-18C crash in Mojave Desert

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing pilot was training near Twentynine Palms, Calif. in the Mojave Desert around 10:30 p.m.

Marine pilot killed in crash identified

Norton, 36, was commissioned in the Marine Corps in March 2005. He previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Japan multiple times as part of the Unit Deployment Program, according to USMC officials.

MCAS Miramar to Hold Memorial Service for Pilot Killed in F/A-18C Hornet Crash

Officials said the service will be held at 10:30 a.m. aboard MCAS Miramar for Maj. Richard Sterling Norton, 36, who was based there. After the ceremony, there will be a procession to the cemetery at 1 p.m.

Memorial for Miramar pilot killed in crash

The ceremony honoring Maj. Richard Sterling Norton, a member of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where he was stationed, according to the base's public-affairs office.

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Richard Norton

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