ABOARD USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operating from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crashed in the Western Pacific ocean at approximately 8:15 p.m. EST Feb. 18.
The jet was conducting routine flight operations approximately 45 miles from the aircraft carrier. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft prior to the crash. One of Carl Vinson's helicopters, which was airborne at the time of the crash, was immediately dispatched to conduct rescue operations. The helicopter, from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 8, immediately reported to the scene and established communications with the pilot. The pilot has been recovered by the helicopter crew, is uninjured and has been returned to Carl Vinson.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the name of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The aircraft is assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 147, the Argonauts, homebased at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
The Carl Vinson battle group is currently on deployment in the Western Pacific Ocean and is capable of continuing all assigned tasking. USS Carl Vinson is homeported in Bremerton, Wash.
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