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Fighter Crash-Lands, Injuring Navy Crewmen

September 12, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

About 12 Navy crewmen on the aircraft carrier George Washington were injured when an F/A-18 fighter jet crashed while landing on the ship off the coast of Virginia, the Navy said.

Navy officials said there was no immediate report of deaths, although three of the injured were being flown to a medical facility onshore. The pilot of the jet ejected from the aircraft before it plunged from the deck into the sea and was immediately rescued, the Navy said.

"The arresting cable apparently parted when the aircraft was landing," said Mike Maus, a civilian spokesman for the Naval Air Force at Atlantic Fleet Headquarters in Norfolk.

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