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Military Aircraft Crash in Death Valley Closes Popular Vista

Written by Charlie Pankey

Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed.

Death Valley NPS – July 31, 2019 – Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed due to a military aircraft crash. Expect delays on Highway 190, and avoid the area so emergency responders can conduct their work safely.

According to Navy Report a F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed this morning in Death Valley flying the famous Star Wars Canyon in Death Valley national Park today. Civilian injuries may have occurred. The Navy says it dispatched a search and rescue helicopter to the site at 10 am Wednesday morning. Pilot status unknown and visitors were possibly in the area at the time of the crash, near the Father Crowley Overlook on the West side of the park.

Father Crowley Vista: A landscape of dark lava flows and volcanic cinders abruptly gives way to the gash of Rainbow Canyon below this viewpoint. Walk the dirt track east of the parking lot for a grand overlook of northern Panamint Valley. Vista located west of Panamint Springs on Hwy 190.

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