ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- Recovery operations for a missing U.S. Marine Corps pilot and F/A-18C Hornet aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) have concluded. The pilot, Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32, of Pasco, Fla., was killed in the accident.
Aircraft wreckage was recovered approximately 60 miles south of the Azores in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, where the Harry S. Truman Strike Group is operating as part of the Summer Pulse ‘04 exercise. The ship, its embarked aircraft, and rigid hull inflatable boats covered more than 250 square miles of water during the search.
The pilot was conducting a routine training mission when the incident occurred. The aircraft was reported missing at 12:30 a.m. Zulu June 27. The plane is one of 11 aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 “Silver Eagles” based out of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
Harry S. Truman, homeported in Norfolk, Va., will continue with its present mission.
The U.S. Navy has initiated a mishap investigation into the cause of the accident.
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