At approximately 0741 EST, initial reports began to emerge of a U.S. F/A-18 crash onboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Local media claimed that by 1200 EST, the pilot’s status was unknown. However, MCAS Miramar did confirm that the aircraft did not belong to the Third Marine Air Wing, which flies from that station.
As of 1400 EST, initial reports from local media revealed that the pilot was able to eject, but did not survive and the remains were found. As of this publication, the identity is still unknown. However, it seems that the crash may have occurred as early as 0200 EST. The United States Military has not released the details, but local media does have access to police scanner traffic which is revealing details.
Defense official confirms that the pilot of the Marine F/A-18 fighter jet that crashed near Miramar perished in the crash.
— luis martinez (@LMartinezABC) August 25, 2023