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NNS021018-12 Two Super Hornets Crash at Sea

Date: 10/18/2002 3:20:00 PM

By the Navy News Service

LEMOORE, Calif. (NNS) -- Two F-18F "Super Hornets" assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., crashed at sea approximately 80 miles southwest of Monterey, Calif., this morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search and rescue operation for the four aviators.

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.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

VFA-41 was formerly an F-14 "Tomcat" squadron, having made the transition to the F/A-18F "Super Hornet" this summer. The "F" model is the two-seat variant of the Navy's newest strike fighter. This is the first crash of a Super Hornet.

There are currently three operational Super Hornet squadrons: VFA-41, VFA-14, and VFA-115. VFA-115 is the first Super Hornet squadron to deploy, and is currently embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

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