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CVN-76 F/A-18 Crashes At Sea Near Brisbane

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:41 pm

This was just on the news here. An F/A-18 from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) crashed at sea today, about 400km south-east of Brisbane. The aircraft was on a training exercise, and experienced difficulties landing, according to a spokesman from the ship. The pilot eventually ejected, and the aircraft was lost. Thankfully, the pilot was uninjured, and rescued by helicopter.

I haven't been able to track down any new items about this online yet, but if I come across any, I'll post them here.

Good to hear the pilot got out safely - it must be rather frightening having to eject at sea.

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[Edited 2006-01-29 09:07:46]
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RE: CVN-76 F/A-18 Crashes At Sea Near Brisbane

Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:49 am

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RE: CVN-76 F/A-18 Crashes At Sea Near Brisbane

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:43 am

It's common to hear now. It's just suck to have a crash on the first deployment of the Ronald Reagan. We lost two jets during my time at sea. One was our squadron's F-14 during work ups on the USS John C. Stennis CVN-74 about 2 years ago, crashed while performing an emergency landing to NASNI due to engine failure. And during the actual cruise, we lost an S-3 Viking and 4 crewmen in the Sea of Japan.

Just happy to hear the pilot with VFA-25 was uninjured. The jet can be replaced, but the pilot cannot. I'll be looking forward to hear the cause of the crash either if it was mechanical or pilot error.

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RE: CVN-76 F/A-18 Crashes At Sea Near Brisbane

Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:07 pm

At least he didn't go into the drink somewhere a bit chillier, say, the north Atlantic? At least he got to swim with the great whites  Wink

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RE: CVN-76 F/A-18 Crashes At Sea Near Brisbane

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:24 pm

Here are some articles from the Australian press:

http://www.couriermail.news.com.au/c...ge/0,5936,17979112%255E952,00.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/01/29/1138469611538.html
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...rash/2006/01/30/1138469642135.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1557505.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1557955.htm

Interesting to note that the other F/A-18s went to Brisbane - would this be standard procedure when one has difficulty landing, or is it an indication of some sort of problem on the ship? The ABC articles say the diversion was required because of the amount of fuel on the aircraft. Without knowing the fuel burn for the aircraft, I would have thought flying 200km would require more fuel than holding briefly then landing if nothing was wrong with the ship. Would it just be a standard precaution to divert?

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