U.S. NAVY TEMPORARILY GROUNDS ALL F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNETS AND EA-18G GROWLERS FOLLOWING ACCIDENT

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The operational pause will allow both Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Boeing engineers time to investigate the accident

Following an on-deck emergency experienced at NAS Whidbey Island by an EA-18G the U.S. Navy has temporarily suspended flight operations for the Super Hornet and Growler.

As reported by the service press release in fact a U. S. Navy E/A-18G jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 Scorpions experienced an on-deck emergency at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island at approximately 1100 (PST), on Dec. 16, 2016.

The aircraft was damaged and both aircrew sustained injuries and were transported by a NAS Whidbey Island SAR helicopter to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation. The cause of the emergency is under investigation.

Naval Air Forces has temporarily suspended flight operations for all F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers as a safety precaution since they share common aircraft systems, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis dependent upon operational requirements. The operational pause will allow both Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Boeing engineers time to investigate the incident.

Source: U.S. Navy; Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr. and Seaman Weston A. Mohr / U.S. Navy