NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE, Calif. - Two aircrew were killed when their F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft crashed in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore today at approximately 12:08 p.m.

They were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two (VFA 122) based at NAS Lemoore, Calif.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and shipmates of the aircrew,” said Capt. James Knapp, Commanding Officer, NAS Lemoore. “An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the mishap.”

The aircrew was conducting routine flight training at the time of the mishap. The incident occurred approximately one-half mile west of the installation’s property line on private farm land located in Fresno County.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

Identities of the deceased will not be released until after notification of their next of kin.