LEMOORE, Calif. — Two U.S. Navy jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean, where one pilot was rescued and another was missing, the Pentagon said Friday. A search for the missing pilot was underway.
The F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets were from Carrier Air Wing 17 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California's San Joaquin Valley. The air wing is embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
The crash occurred at 5:40 p.m. local time in an unspecified area of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet statement.
NBC News reported that the two jets collided, but the Navy did not immediately release details on how the crash occurred.
The Navy said the rescued pilot was returned to the carrier and was receiving unspecified medical attention.
All other aircraft that were airborne at the time were safely recovered.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in June as it prepared to land on the Carl Vinson off the Southern California coast. The pilot was able to eject safely.
That crash happened just hours after a Harrier AV-8B fighter jet crashed into a Southern California neighborhood, destroying two homes and badly damaging a third. No one was seriously hurt.
About a month earlier, a Marine Corps Harrier jet had crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix, but the pilot was able to safely eject. And on March 1, Marine Capt. Reid Nannen was killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada.
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