US Navy personnel have suffered injuries after an F / A-18C Hornet aircraft caught fire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75).
Assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106, the ‘Gladiators’ based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the aircraft met with the accident while parked forward of the island during refuelling.
The fire was extinguished by the ship’s flight deck fire fighting team immediately.
The pilot was able to successfully eject from the aircraft and landed on the flight deck.
According to the US Navy, the pilot initially received medical treatment by the ship’s medical department and then was sent to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina, for further treatment.
The accident also left a sailor assigned to the ship injured. The navy stated that the sailor was also transported to New Hanover for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The vessel is currently conducting carrier flight operations off the coast of Virginia.
Navy officials have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
In another accident, a US Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa during a training mission, leaving seven people injured.
The helicopter made a hard landing on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud during training exercise. The injured army personnel were transported to the US Naval Hospital at Camp Foster.
Image: An F / A-18E Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). Photo: courtesy of US Navy.