- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - The Marine Corps has named a pilot killed when his F/A-18C fighter jet crashed in the Southern California desert.

The Marines say 36-year-old Maj. Richard Norton of Arcadia, a Los Angeles suburb, was killed Friday.

Norton was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area.

The Marines said Saturday that Norton’s twin-engine Hornet crashed during a close air support mission. It was part of a pre-deployment training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms east of Los Angeles.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Norton joined the Marines in 2005 and served in Afghanistan four years ago. He also had several deployments to Japan.

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