Navy jet crashes into Pacific on approach to carrier, pilot ejects

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F/A-18E Super Hornet, U.S. Navy

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into the water off Southern California while approaching an aircraft carrier Wednesday night, the Navy said.

The pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet ejected, was recovered and is in stable condition aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the Navy said Thursday.

The Super Hornet was part of Strike Fighter Squadron 81 which is conducting training missions aboard the Carl Vinson.

All air operations have been halted aboard the Carl Vinson until further notice, and a safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.

The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 have been conducting a Joint Task Force Exercise to prepare for the strike group’s upcoming deployment.

The Super Hornet has not been recovered.

The crash happened hours after a separate, nonfatal military plane wreck in California — the crash of one of the Marines’ AV-8B Harriers into a neighborhood in Imperial, California.

On Wednesday in another area of California, a Marine Corps spokesman a jet crashed into a residential area in a SoCal desert community. The pilot also safely ejected. Read more here.

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