Tensions with North Korea have been incredibly strained. As Kim Jong Un continues to give out threats about nuclear war, more forces continue to be deployed to the Korean peninsula as a show of force. Now, reports are coming in of a tragic event that happened to one of our own fighter jets after a pilot attempted to land on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vison, in the middle of the ocean.
Times of San Diego reports that as the pilot of the F-18 Super Hornet was attempting to land that something went horribly wrong as he was nearing the massive Naval vessel. He apparently lost control, and the jet crashed. Narrowly missing his death, the pilot was thankfully able to eject where he was rapidly rescued by a nearby helicopter. So far, no major injuries have been reported.
A statement from the Commander of 7th Fleet Public Affairs read: “A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to HSC-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson while conducting routine flight operations during a transit.”
“The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to USS Carl Vinson,” the statement continued. “The incident is currently under investigation. The pilot is being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time.”
The Vinson and its strike group is headed to waters off the Korean peninsula after a training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy. The group’s deployment has been extended for 30 days amid rising tensions with communist North Korea.
The Navy said the pilot was being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson but had suffered no apparent injuries. The crash is under investigation.
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The Carl Vinson, which is based in San Diego, had been near Singapore a couple of weeks ago when it was reported to have been headed toward North Korea, but was later found to have first rendezvoused with elements of the Royal Australian Navy for a training exercise.
The incident occurred in the Celebes Sea, which is located between the Philippines and Indonesia, a good distance north of Australia but still a long way south of the Korean peninsula.
Thankfully, the pilot was able to get out alive.