Military, officials eye fatal jet crash in Vegas near base

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Military and federal authorities are probing the cause of a fighter jet crash that killed a civilian pilot from Las Vegas but didn’t injure anyone in a residential area near Nellis Air Force Base. The Clark County coroner said Tuesday the pilot was 43-year-old Nicholas Hamilton. The Dassault Mirage F-1 crashed Monday afternoon in a backyard where the homeowner escaped injury. The French-built aircraft was owned and operated by Florida-based Draken US, a military contractor, for aerial war games flown from Nellis. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says it’s too early to know the cause of the crash. Draken said the company was cooperating with authorities.

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