Ventura County firefighters and other emergency response personnel work amidst...

Ventura County firefighters and other emergency response personnel work amidst the wreckage of a Hawker Hunter, a single-seat fighter/ground attack monoplane, that crashed in a field off Broome Ranch Road between CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo and Point Mugu, Calif. (May 18, 2012) Credit: AP

A civilian training jet on contract to the military crashed in Southern California on Friday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

The Hawker Hunter jet trainer had taken off from Naval Base Ventura County and crashed at about 12:15 p.m. near the base, just outside Camarillo, Ventura County fire department spokesman Steve Swindle said. The pilot was the only person aboard.

Swindle did not know if the pilot was a civilian or a member of the military.

Camarillo is about 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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