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2 DIE AS FIGHTER CRASHES IN CALIFORNIA DESERT

A California Air National Guard Phantom jet fighter crashed and burned Wednesday in the Mojave desert near Death Valley, killing the two crewmen.

Maj. Robert M. McGann, the pilot, and Capt. Thomas M. Steed, the weapons system officer, died in the crash, said Maj. Bruce Roy of the Air Guard. The spokesman said a new Pentagon policy prohibited the release of the ages or hometowns of the dead airmen.