Navy crew ejects from jet experiencing ‘mechanical issue’ over Philippine Sea
Two Navy aviators are safe after ejecting from an F/A-18 Super Hornet that “experienced a mechanical issue” over the Philippine Sea on Monday morning, a Navy statement said.
The Carrier Air Wing 5 aviators were “conducting routine operations” as part of their deployment with the USS Ronald Reagan when the problem arose, according to the statement.
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.