Blue Angels pilot makes emergency landing while training in California

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 17:09:02-05

EL CENTRO, Ca. - A pilot with the Navy's elite flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, was forced to make an emergency landing while training in California Tuesday.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2012) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond formation flies the Diamond 360 maneuver at the Pensacola Home Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Rowley/Released)

The Navy says no one was hurt when the F/A-18 Hornet made that emergency landing at Naval Air Facility El Centro.

Initial reports indicate the main landing gear on the Hornet did not extend on approach to the airfield following the training flight.

An inquiry into the mishap is underway.

The Blue Angels have been training at NAF El Centro in preparation for the 2019 air show season. Their schedule for the year excludes Hampton Roads, but they are scheduled to return in 2020.