• Navy fighter jet pilot safely ejected from the plane before it crashed
  • The plane had originated from Naval Air Station Lemoore
  • The plane crash sparked a brush fire which has now been extinguished

A navy pilot was able to safely eject from a single-seater plane just before it crashed in an open field in California, sparking a bush fire.

The F/A-18E Super Hornet went down in an open field in eastern Kern County, Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a Naval Air Forces spokesman, told ABC News.

The plane that originated from Naval Air Station Lemoore, a military installation in California's Central Valley, crashed during routine training from the Lemoore Naval Air Station, as per a statement from the Lemoore station.

Crews from different departments battled a small brush fire that erupted from the crash. The blaze has since been extinguished, Los Angeles Times reported.

After the crash, the pilot was rushed to a medical facility and was in a stable condition, Harrell told ABC News.

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When the incident occurred, the Kern County Board of Supervisors were in a meeting. The authority left when it received the news about the crash.

The Highway Patrol directed traffic in the area after the news of the accident broke out. The Navy and local law enforcement agencies will be working with the concerned authorities as they investigate the crash, the Kern County Fire Department spokesman told LA Times.

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An Air India Express plane crashed over the runway down a 10-metre bank at Kozhikode airport, killing 18 people AFP / Arunchandra BOSE

In a similar incident, last month, a crash occurred during a training flight over the Virginia coast. Two pilots and crew members were forced to jump from the plane in order to save themselves. Luckily, when they boarded the plane, the crew had strapped on their parachutes as per the requirement. All of them were rescued and no injuries were reported in the incident.