Navy crew ejects from jet experiencing 'mechanical issue' over Philippine Sea

12 Novembre, 2018, 20:16 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • In this image made from Nov. 3 2018 video an F-18 fighter jet prepares to take off from the USS Ronald Reagan during maneuvers in the waters off Iwakuni Japan. On Monday while on routine operations in the Philippine Sea another F-18 from the USS Rea

The spokesman said the men were picked up by a rescue aircraft and taken back to the ship.

The Carrier Air Wing 5 FA-18 experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, the US 7th Fleet said, adding the two crew members were in good condition.

Both aviators in the F/A-18 are in good condition, according to the Navy, who said they sent a recovery team to assist the two after the ejected from the fighter jet.

The crash is still being investigated.

The crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. and the crew were rescued about half an hour later by a helicopter belonging to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Defense Ministry said.

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He said the accident was "not life-threatening" and the jet's two crew members had ejected and were rescued by a USA military helicopter.

Japan's coastguard "dispatched an aircraft to the waters to see if there is any debris or floating oil", a coastguard spokesman told AFP.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

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