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F/A-18 Hornet Losses

On October 18, 2002 two F/A-18F assigned to VFA 41 based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., crashed at sea approximately 80 miles southwest of Monterey, Calif. The aircraft were operating with six other aircraft from the same squadron and were conducting routine training. They did not have any weapons on board.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operating from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crashed in the Western Pacific ocean at approximately 8:15 p.m. EST Feb. 18, 2003. The jet was conducting routine flight operations approximately 45 miles from the aircraft carrier. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft prior to the crash. One of Carl Vinson's helicopters, which was airborne at the time of the crash, was immediately dispatched to conduct rescue operations. The helicopter, from Helicopter Support Squadron 8, immediately reported to the scene and established communications with the pilot. The pilot was recovered by the helicopter crew, was uninjured and was been returned to Carl Vinson. The aircraft ws assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 147, the Argonauts, homebased at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA.

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