Monday, January 30, 2006


Lost at sea: $37m US jet

`A $37 million jet fighter belonging to the United States military has been lost at sea during a training exercise in Queensland. The jet was attempting a night landing on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Saturday.

The pilot ejected safely and was rescued by the ship’s helicopter, but the FA-18 Hornet strike fighter was unlikely to be retrieved from the ocean, US officials confirmed.

The accident happened when the aircraft carrier was 400 kilometres south-east of Brisbane, ABC television reported.’

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