US Super Hornet pilot crashes near aircraft carrier headed to Korean peninsula, pilot recovered

(4/9/2017) A U.S. Navy fighter jet prepares for takeoff on the USS Carl Vinson. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Castellano

A pilot from the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson safely ejected from a disabled fighter jet and was quickly recovered by a helicopter, the Navy reported Friday.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was in the Celebes Sea between Indonesia and the Philippines when the F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed.

“The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to USS Carl Vinson,” the Navy said in a press release.

The Vinson and its strike group is headed to waters off the Korean peninsula after a training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy. The group’s deployment has been extended for 30 days amid rising tensions with communist North Korea, according to Times of San Diego.

“The Navy said the pilot was being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson but had suffered no apparent injuries,” the Times reports. The crash is under investigation.

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