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US fighter jet crashes into Philippine waters

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A US Navy fighter jet crashed in Philippine waters while on routine naval operations Monday.

US fighter jet crashes into Philippine waters
FIGHTER JET CRASH. Two crewmen survive the crash on Monday when their US Navy fighter jet crashed in Philippine waters while on routine operations, the crewmen safely recovered by the USS Ronald Reagan search and rescue aircraft, according to authorities.

A US Navy dispatch said two crewmen of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/-18 survived the crash after ejecting from the aircraft, which had mechanical problems.

US Navy authorities said the crew was immediately and safely recovered by the USS Ronald Reagan search and rescue aircraft.

The rescued pilots were taken to the ship for evaluation by navy medical personnel and were declared in good condition.

US Navy authorities said the CVW 55 was embarked onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, which was part of the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The crash is under investigation.

It was the second incident involving a US aircraft after a C2A Greyhound Transport Plane plummeted into the Philippine Sea in November last year.

The C2-A Greyhound was carrying 11 crew and passengers when it crashed. Eight of its occupants were rescued while three others went missing. 

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