Navy Grounds Super Hornets

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The Navy has grounded its fleet of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and G model Growlers after some kind of accident involving a Growler canopy injured a pilot and his or her backseater on Friday. The canopy on the aircraft is jettisoned in an ejection by explosive bolts and small rockets but the Navy hasn’t said the ejection system was a factor in the accident.

The mishap occurred about 11 a.m. at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and involved a Growler. The incident was referred to as an “on-deck emergency.” The pilot and electronic warfare officer were hospitalized.Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld said the Navy and Boeing, which makes the planes, are investigating the problem. Although a significant portion of the Navy fighter and electronic warfare fleet is grounded, senior commanders can order the planes back into the air if they’re needed.

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