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