Two planes assigned to the deployed aircraft carrier Carl Vinson suffered so-called “Class A” crashes last week, but officials said no one was injured.
The first occurred around 1 p.m. on November 22, when the starboard engine of an F / A-18E Super Hornet caught fire in flight during training over the Philippine Sea, according to Lt. Cmdr. . Miranda Williams, spokesperson for Carl Vinson.
The jet was able to return to the carrier, she said.
Two days later, at around 4.30 a.m. on November 24, a diving sonar system used to hunt submarines “unexpectedly detached” from a cable connecting it to an MH-60R Sea helicopter. Hawk during anti-submarine warfare training, Williams said.
The diving sonar equipment was lost in the sea and was not recovered.
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Both incidents are under investigation, Williams said, and both planes remain aboard the Carl Vinson and are expected to be refitted.
A Class A incident involves death or more than $ 2.5 million in damage to an aircraft.
While the Naval Safety Center ruled both accidents at the Class A level, these designations are sometimes downgraded following investigations.
Carl Vinson was deployed in August to the western Pacific waters of the U.S. 7th Fleet and became the first aircraft carrier to deploy with the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter.