US Navy: ‘Heavy weather’ blew Super Hornet jet off aircraft carrier
Ship was involved in replenishment operations in the Mediterranean Sea, officials say
NAPLES, Italy – Bad weather led to a fighter jet being blown off an aircraft carrier last week, officials said.
According to a news release from the Navy, the USS Harry S. Truman was involved in a replenishment-at-sea operation July 8 in the Mediterranean Sea, when "unexpected heavy weather" blew a F/A-18 Super Hornet on the ship overboard.
One sailor suffered minor injuries during the rough weather and is expected to fully recover, according to officials.
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Officials said the replenishment operation was safely terminated, and the ship remains fully mission capable.
The incident is under investigation.
A twin-engine Super Hornet jet has a wingspan of about 45 feet and is estimated to cost about $67 million.
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