Navy: Sailor was struck by propeller on carrier flight deck

U.S. Navy Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak poses in an undated photo provided by the U.S Navy on Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018. The Navy said the 21-year-old from New Jersey died Monday, Sept. 17, after being struck by a plane’s propeller aboard the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier while out to sea. (US Navy via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. — The U.S. Navy says a sailor who died aboard an aircraft carrier was struck by the turning propeller of a plane.

The Navy said in a statement last Wednesday that Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak had just secured an E-2C Hawkeye radar plane to the flight deck. Naglak’s death occurred Monday aboard the USS George H. W. Bush while it was in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Navy said the incident remains under investigation and that his death has been a heartbreaking experience for those on board the carrier.

The 21-year-old enlisted in the Navy in his home state of New Jersey in April 2017. Four months later he had completed his training in Pensacola, Florida, and reported to the ship

The ship remains at sea, and flight operations have resumed.