Saturday, December 10, 2022

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet crashes into Philippine Sea

On 12 November, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission into the Philippine Sea.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 spokesman said the F/A-18 from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 experienced a mechanical issue that forced the crew to eject.

After ejecting from the Super Hornet, the sailors were picked up by search-and-rescue aircraft from the Ronald Reagan and brought back aboard the Yokosuka-based carrier. The jet crashed into the ocean.


The crew members are in “good condition” and undergoing medical evaluations, the statement.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Also noted that after the Ronald Reagan has resumed its regular operations.

The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet is the newest highly capable, affordable and available tactical aircraft in U.S. Navy inventory. The Super Hornet is the backbone of the U.S. Navy carrier air wing now and for decades to come.

The Super Hornet has the capability, flexibility and performance necessary to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any country. Two versions of the Super Hornet – the single-seat E model and the two-seat F model – are able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.

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