- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a civilian pilot killed in a jet crash during a military training exercise near a California Navy base was a 45-year-old Utah resident.

The Ventura County medical examiner’s office said Thursday that an autopsy is planned for pilot Charles Rogers.

The jet crashed Wednesday in a coastal agricultural field 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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

The plane, a civilian-owned fighter jet contracted by the Navy, had just finished playing the role of an enemy aircraft in an offshore training exercise and was preparing to land.


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