- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah (AP) - Family and friends are mourning the death of a Utah man in a jet crash during a military training exercise near a California Navy base.

Funeral services will be held Saturday in North Ogden for Charles Rogers of Pleasant View.

Rogers was a civilian pilot who was flying a civilian-owned fighter jet contracted by the Navy when it crashed Wednesday in coastal agricultural field 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The plane had just finished playing the role of an enemy aircraft and was preparing to land when the crash occurred.

Forty-five-year-old Rogers was the only person aboard the single-seat MK-58 Hawker Hunter. He died at the scene.

Rogers’ mother-in-law, Diane Little, said he relocated to Pleasant View after recently retiring from the Air Force because his wife, Tonya, grew up in the area. He flew F-16s and trained pilots how to fly them during his 21-year career with the Air Force.

Rogers had been working for Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., which performs mock aerial dogfights during training at the Ventura County Naval Base and other military facilities.

“It was his dream job,” Little told Ogden’s Standard-Examiner (http://bit.ly/10fR79L ).

The Texas native is survived by four sons and a daughter.

“The family is dealing with it, but it’s obviously very, very difficult,” Little said. “He was very much a hands-on father. He loved his family and they did everything together.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Navy and National Transportation Safety Board.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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