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Navy and civilian rescue teams will continue Sunday searching for the pilot of a Marine Corps plane that crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of northern Nevada, officials said.

The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon about 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev.

"Initial reports from the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss," according to the Navy.

Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area. An overnight snow storm hindered search efforts.

The plane was not carrying weapons or other munitions during the training flight from the Navy's "Top Gun" course of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at the Fallon base, officials said.

The name of the pilot was not released. The Navy initially misidentified the plane as a Navy aircraft.

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