Navy: Fighter Jet crashes In Central Calif. Field

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Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed in a field near a Central California air base. There's no immediate word on any possible injuries.

FA-18 air fighters prepare to take off on the U.S. carrier George Washington in the Pacific near Minamidaito Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, December 9, 2010, during a joint drill with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed in a field near a Central California air base. There's no immediate word on any possible injuries.

Officials from the Naval Air Station in Lemoore say the F/A-18 aircraft went down shortly after noon Wednesday.

They say emergency crews are at the scene, but gave no other details.

F/18 Hornets are single-seat jets that are used by the military for combat operations and also in the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, which performs aerial shows.

Lemoore is about 30 miles south of Fresno.

An FA-18 air fighter from the U.S. carrier George Washington is being refuelled by an air tanker over the Pacific near Okinawa Island, southren Japan, December 9, 2010.

AP