An F/A-18 Super Hornet was blown off the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman near Norfolk, according to the Navy.
The accident happened on Friday in the Mediterranean Sea, as the carrier was doing a replenishment-at-sea, or ship-to-ship refueling. The incident occurred during extremely heavy rain, according to Navy officials.
The ship’s crew is all safe and well, however one sailor was hurt. The sailor’s injuries were deemed “minor,” and he is expected to fully recover.
The Navy is considering whether to rescue the Super Hornet from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, according to a Navy spokesman, despite the fact that it plainly possesses the capability.
After crashing into the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in January then sliding off and sinking into the South China Sea, the Navy recovered an F-35C Lightning II fighter from 12,000 feet of water in March. On average, the Mediterranean Sea is 4,900 feet deep.
The occurrence on Friday did not appear to cause any injuries, but the Navy did say one sailor was hurt while “doing operations under the unexpectedly intense rain.” They are in stable condition and are expected to fully recover.
The carrier, according to officials, is still mission capable. The matter is still being investigated.