U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, Growler fleet grounded after incident

U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, Growler fleet grounded after incident

The U.S. Navy has temporarily grounded its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers on Friday after an aircrew was injured and a Growler damaged in an undisclosed incident at a Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island.

The aircrew of an E/A-18G jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132 was injured in an “on-deck emergency” at about 11AM on Friday, said the statement from Naval Air Forces.

Accordingly, all flight operations for the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler fleet has been temporarily suspended  as a safety precaution since they share common aircraft systems, added the Navy statement.

The operational pause will allow both Naval Air Systems Command and engineers from Boeing, which manufactures both aircraft, time to investigate the incident, Navy officials said.

An investigation was underway to determine the cause of the incident.

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