US Fighter Jet Crashes In Persian Gulf; Marine Helicopter Missing In Nepal

The US military says one of its warplanes has crashed shortly after taking off from an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, while one Marine helicopter has gone missing in Nepal.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet took off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, but crashed shortly afterwards.

The Navy did not immediately offer the reason for the crash but suggested it was an accident. “The crash was not a result of hostile activity,” the US Navy said in a statement that was issued by Fifth Fleet, which is responsible for the area where the USS Theodore Roosevelt is deployed.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash. The two personnel from fighter jet ejected and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the carrier, the statement said.

The aircraft carrier was in the Northern Persian Gulf, to support the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiris wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

The aircraft belongs to the Strike Fighter Squadron 211 based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing One.

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