F-14 Crashes Off USS John C. Stennis; Aviators Safely Recovered

Story Number: NNS020308-16Release Date: 3/8/2002 2:30:00 PM
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By 5th Fleet Public Affairs

USS JOHN C STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- An F-14 Tomcat assigned to Fighter Squadron 211 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) crashed into the North Arabian Sea Mar. 8, as it was attempting to land aboard the aircraft carrier. Both of the crewmembers were safely recovered from the water using the ship's rescue assets. Neither appear to have suffered serious injuries.

The plane was flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Navy will conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident. The names of the crew members are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

For more information on USS John C. Stennis, go to http://www.cvn74.navy.mil.

F-14 Tomcat on Flight Deck
020108-N-6077T-001 At sea aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Jan. 8, 2002 -- An F-14 "Tomcat" from the "Checkmates" of Fighter Squadron Two One One (VF-211) maneuvers the flight deck while taxiing prior to positioning for launch. The Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment, and is conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Kevin H. Tierney
January 11, 2002
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