Navy searching for pilot after crash involving two F/A-18 Hornets

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(CNN) — Two U.S. fighter jets crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday while operating at sea, the Navy said Friday.

Two F/A-18 Hornets that were operating aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson crashed in the western Pacific, the Navy said.

One pilot was rescued and was being treated aboard the aircraft carrier. There was a search under way for the other pilot, the Navy said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, the Navy said. The jets have not been recovered.

Both jets are from Carrier Air Wing 17, the Navy said, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113.

A Navy cruiser, a destroyer and helicopters have been deployed in the search for the missing pilot, the Navy said.

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2 comments

  • B

    Did they collide? Or could they have possibly been affected by the geomagnetic storm, though it wasn’t suppose to reach earth until today and tomorrow. I don’t see two F-18’s just randomly falling out of the sky at the same time.

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