U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

12 November 2018

From Task Force 70 Public Affairs

A Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/A-18 experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12.
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In this file photo, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 conduct flight operations aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in July. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenneth Abbate)
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In this file photo, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 conduct flight operations aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in July. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kenneth Abbate)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate
VIRIN: 180704-N-OY799-0437

PHILIPPINE SEA - A Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/A-18 experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12.

The crew was immediately and safely recovered by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) search and rescue aircraft and brought back to the ship for evaluation by medical personnel. Based on an initial assessment, both aviators are in good condition.

Ronald Reagan has resumed normal operations.

CVW 5 is embarked aboard Ronald Reagan and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The crash is under investigation.

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