Navy fighter crashes in Persian Gulf; pilots safe

Associated Press

Washington — The U.S. Navy says one of its fighter jets has crashed in the Persian Gulf, and the plane’s two pilots ejected and were rescued without serious injury.

The Navy’s 5th Fleet said the F/A-18 Super Hornet crashed shortly after taking off Tuesday from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, operating in the Gulf.

The two aviators aboard ejected from the plane and were recovered by search and rescue personnel from the Roosevelt, which is conducting strike operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy offered no reason for the crash but said it was not caused by hostile activity.

The F/A-18 is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 211, based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and assigned to Carrier Air Wing One.