The US Navy (USN) has grounded its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft while it investigates the cause of a ground incident on 16 December that injured two flight-crew.
The incident at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington state saw an EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 experience an unspecified "on-deck emergency" that required both crew members to be airlifted to hospital, a USN statement said.
As a consequence of the incident, the USN has ordered a temporary suspension of all Super Hornet and Growler flight operations while the Naval Air Systems Command and Boeing conduct their investigation. Exceptions to this grounding order will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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