Aircrew injured during ground aircraft emergency; Naval Air Forces declares operational pause for Super Hornet and Growler fleet

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard

WHIDBEY ISLAND (NNS) -- A U. S. Navy E/A-18G jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 experienced an on-deck emergency at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island at approximately 1100 (PST), today. 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.

 

Press release by By Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs Officer