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2 U.S. Navy Jets Crash Into Pacific Ocean

The two F/A-18 Hornets were operating aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, and crashed in the western Pacific.

Posted on September 12, 2014, at 8:38 a.m. ET

Two fighter jets crashed into the sea while operating in the western Pacific Ocean early on Friday, the U.S. Navy has said.

The jets were F/A-18 Hornets from Carrier Air Wing, and were operating on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

This file image shows an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in Busan, South Korea in 2011.
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This file image shows an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in Busan, South Korea in 2011.

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#BREAKING MT @US7thFleet: #USNavy F/A-18 Hornets crash in Pacific Ocean. We will continue to release updates. http://t.co/hOarswxHHJ

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One of the pilots involved in the crash was quickly rescued, and is receiving medical treatment aboard the Carl Vinson, the Navy said. Search efforts for the second pilot are underway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the jets have not been recovered.

The initial report says that the two aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113).