The Navy confirmed on Friday that two F/A-18 Hornets crashed into the Pacific Ocean on September 11. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Cole stated, “The two jets crashed about 290 miles (470 kilometers) west of Wake Island.” The Navy did not comment on what caused the crash.
One of the pilots was rescued and is currently in stable condition. However, the pilot of the second aircraft has not yet been found.
“The most likely scenario would be an accidental mid-air collision seeing as not one, but two, 55 million dollar highly sophisticated aircraft were lost. Of course this early into the investigation, that is purely speculative.”
Both jets departed from the USS Carl Vinson. They were part of Carrier Air Wing 17, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113. The crash occurred during a mission and at this time, neither jet has been found.
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