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Crew Ejects as Navy F-14 Jet Crashes

July 09, 1991|From a Times Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — An F-14 fighter operating from the carrier Abraham Lincoln has gone down in the Indian Ocean, a Navy spokeswoman said Monday. It was the second such loss in as many weeks.

The latest incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, when the two-man crew experienced problems controlling the aircraft and were forced to eject, Chief Petty Officer Bobbie Carleton said.

The airmen were rescued by a helicopter from the Lincoln, but Navy officials did not say whether the men suffered any injuries. As with the incident that occurred June 29, Navy officials did not identify the pilots.

According to Carleton, both airplanes were from Fighter Squadron 213, "The Black Lions," and were lost during routine training missions. The squadron is based at the Miramar Naval Air Station when not assigned to a carrier.

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