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One of the US Navy’s elite fighters, an F / A-18 Super Hornet, was lost at sea last week near Naples, Italy, after being carried overboard by “unexpected” strong winds, he said a Navy officer.
In a press release, the Navy said an F / A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft carrier stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, crashed into the water after “unexpected bad weather” pushed the plane. fighter out of the sea. bridge.
No one was seriously injured in the incident and the Navy said all personnel assigned to the ship had been considered.
“A sailor sustained minor injuries while conducting operations during unexpected bad weather. The sailor is in stable condition and should make a full recovery,” the statement added.
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The Super Hornet is estimated to cost around $ 57 million.
The Navy said the fighter saw its first operational use in 2002 when it imposed a “no-fly zone” in Iraq. The fighter carries a 20mm M61A1 / A2 Vulcan cannon, can reach speeds of Mach 1.8 and is primarily used in fleet air defense and fighter escort missions.
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The Navy said the USS Harry S. Truman and his aircraft “remain fully capable of carrying out the mission”.
Details of the cause of the accident are still being investigated.