F/A-18F Super Hornet Fighter Jet, Assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt, Crashes Into Philippine Sea; Pilots Eject Safely

An F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet, assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), crashed into Philippine Sea while conducting routine flight operations, the service said in a statement.

According to the statement, the two aviators onboard the aircraft were able to safely eject before the crash and were quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 aboard the aircraft carrier. The statement added that both aviators were assessed by the medical team on board Theodore Roosevelt and are in good condition.

The incident occurred as the F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11 (CAW-11) was conducting routine pilot proficiency training. The incident is currently under investigation.

U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet
File Photo: An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Anthony Hopkins II/Released)

This is the second crash of a U.S. fighter aircraft this week. On June 15, a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed into the North Sea off the coast of UK while on a routine training mission killing the pilot.

The deceased pilot was identified as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, the assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the USAF 48th Fighter Wing’s 493rd Fighter Squadron “The Grim Reapers” based at RAF Lakenheath, England.

Other Mishaps involving U.S. military aircraft in the past one month:

June 8: A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules tactical airlifter overran the runway and crashed into a wall at Camp Taji Airbase, Iraq injuring four personnel.

June 8: The landing gear of a USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft collapsed after landing on the runway at Hill Air Force Base, Utah following a routine training flight.

May 30: A civilian De Havilland DHC-6-100 Twin Otter aircraft collided with a parked U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego with the MV-22B suffering millions of dollars worth damages.

May 19: A USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft crashed upon landing at Eglin AFB. Pilot was able to successfully eject from the aircraft.

May 15: A USAF F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft crashed near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida while conducting a routine training flight. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft before the crash.

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