Sailor Killed in Mishap on Flight Deck of U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS George H.W. Bush

A sailor has died in a “mishap” on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sept. 17 afternoon, the service announced.

Cmdr. Dave Hecht, a Navy spokesman, said the incident occurred at around 4:45 p.m. while the ship was out to sea. The cause of the mishap remains under investigation.

He says the death wasn’t related to weather. No other sailors were hurt.

The George H.W. Bush was reportedly at sea for carrier qualification training. The purpose of carrier qualifications (CQ) is to give pilots a dedicated opportunity to develop fundamental skills associated with operating fixed-wing, carrier-based aircraft and demonstrate acceptable levels of proficiency required for qualification.

The Navy didn’t immediately release the sailor’s identity due to the U.S. Department of Defence policy precluding the release of such details until 24 hours after the family has been notified.

On July 30 this year, one U.S. Navy aircrewman was killed and another injured when a fuel tank detached from an HH-60H Seahawk helicopter and fell over them during training at the Naval Air Station North Island located in San Diego County, California. The accident occurred during hot pit, hot seat training which involved refueling the helicopter without shutting down the engine.

The Navy identified the victim as Naval Helicopter Aircrewman 1st Class Jonathan Richard Clement who was declared dead at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest a day after the incident.

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