U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Aircraft Crashes in Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12.

The crashed jet is assigned to the Navy’s Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 embarked on aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

The crew was immediately and safely recovered by USS Ronald Reagan search and rescue aircraft and brought back to the ship for evaluation by medical personnel. Both aviators are in good condition.

Ronald Reagan has resumed normal operations.

CVW 5 is embarked onboard Ronald Reagan and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The crash is under investigation.

It was the second crash involving USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month. On Oct. 19, a Navy MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 crashed on the flight deck of Ronald Reagan shortly after takeoff.



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