A pilot from the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson safely ejected from a disabled fighter jet and was quickly recovered by a helicopter, the Navy reported Friday.
The Navy said the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was in the Celebes Sea between Indonesia and the Philippines when the F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 crashed. The plane was on final approach to landing at the 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.