Hornet Down In The Persian Gulf UPDATED
The U.S. Navy confirmed that a fighter crashed in the Persian Gulf today. Both crew members were rescued safely by divers.
The F/A-18 F Super Hornet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 and crashed at about 9:30 A.M. EST. According to a Navy official the crew onboard the two-person Boeing strike fighter ejected out of the aircraft and were safely recovered by crew aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The statement says, “Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert and without serious injury,” and it added, “The crash was not a result of hostile activity.”
The jet lost power shortly after takeoff from Roosevelt and while the sailors ejected the aircraft safely the plane has been declared a total loss. It is valued at more than 60 million dollars.
The following is the full statement from U.S. Navy 5th Fleet.
MANAMA, Bahrain – A U.S. Navy F/A-18 F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA 211) crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT), today, shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Gulf. The two personnel aboard the strike fighter ejected from the aircraft, survived the crash and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the ship. The recovered Naval Aviators are being evaluated by medical personnel aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert, and without serious injury. The crash was not a result of hostile activity. Strike Fighter Squadron 211 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing One. USS Theodore Roosevelt with its embarked carrier air wing is currently in the Fifth Fleet supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, conducting strike operations against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.
VIDEO: (April 21, 2015) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) operate in the Arabian Sea conducting maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro/Released)