A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet was blown off the deployed aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman last week by intense winds and heavy rain in the Mediterranean Sea, officials revealed, the Navy Times has reported.
There were no personnel in the aircraft at the time of the incident, which remains under investigation.
"One sailor received minor injuries while conducting operations during the unexpected heavy weather," the Italy-based U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement. "The sailor is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery."
The 6th Fleet said that both the carrier and its air wing remain mission capable, although no other details were released.
Truman and its strike group have been deployed to Europe since December.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa spokesperson Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey said in a statement to USNI News on Monday that the 6th Fleet is reviewing how to recover the aircraft.
In March, Naval Sea Systems Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet managed to recover an F-35C Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter from 12,400 feet under the Pacific after a ramp strike aboard USS Carl Vinson early this year.
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