Two people were killed Thursday when the Jeep they were travelling crashed into an F/A-18E fighter jet at Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno, California.
Earlier in the day, the pair was approached by the California Highway Patrol as their Jeep was stopped on the shoulder of the road. For unknown reasons, they then took off in the vehicle and the police gave chase, however they were forced to call it off in due to safety concerns.
A helicopter then continued the chase from the air and watched as the driver forced the Jeep through the front gates of the air base. The vehicle then struck an F/A-18E fighter jat that was sitting on the tarmac about 7 miles inside the base, killing the female passenger instantly and seriously injuring the male driver.
The driver of the Jeep was later pronounced dead in hospital. Neither of the deceased were involved with the military and their breach of the front gate has led Captain Monty Ashliman, commander at the naval air station, to seek out ways to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.
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