Jet Catches Fire Aboard USS Carl Vinson

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Jet Catches Fire on USS Carl Vinson

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans

The carrier posted images of the fire to its Facebook page as proof that training paid off for the fire crew.

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On the heels of a recent explosion and fire aboard one aircraft carrier, the Navy reports a second fighter jet fire aboard San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson.

An F/A-18C Hornet made an emergency landing using one engine on USS Carl Vinson April 11.

Once the jet landed on deck, it engulfed into flames. 

The pilot escaped unharmed and flight deck crews jumped on the flames. The fire was extinguished without injury to any ship personnel.

"It was amazing to sit back and see all of our training come into place," Benjamin Bilyeu, Crash and Salvage leading chief petty officer said in a military news release. "You can drill day-in and day-out but when the event happens, to actually see the training being as effective as it was, that was incredible and made me proud to be a Sailor on the Vinson."

The commanding officer, Capt. Bruce Lindsey, said the unidentified pilot made an excellent landing under very difficult circumstances.

The fighter jet is based at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

USS Carl Vinson is on routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet in support of maritime security operations and Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

On March 30, an F/A-18C Hornet jet was preparing for takeoff on the deck of USS John C. Stennis when an engine exploded.

The explosion occurred just off San Diego's coast.

Ten sailors were injured in the blast, four were hospitalized at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

The aircraft in the March 30 explosion was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the Associated Press reported.

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