Two F/A-18 Hornets collide off CA coast

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Two Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets collided yesterday morning at around 11:45 a.m. off the coast of California. Both pilots were recovered. The aircraft were attached to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Both aircraft were single-seat planes. One pilot was able to safely eject and landed near Naval Station North Island. The other was recovered by search and rescue  assets from the USS Carl Vinson less than an hour after the collision.

The Marine Corps Times reported,

Both pilots were taken to medical facilities for observation.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
The jets belong to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
The collision follows an Oct. 25 crash involving another F/A-18 Hornet in the California desert. The pilot ejected without injuries before the jet crashed near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, a sprawling base east of Los Angeles.
In July, another twin-engine Hornet went down during a training mission at the desert base, killing the pilot.

Military.com noted,

In August, Marine Corps leaders ordered all aviation squadrons to observe a 24-hour “operational pause” within the space of a week to address best practices and ways to improve. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller would later tell Military.com that the pause was intended to address lower-level mishaps, rather than major crashes.

Neller maintained the squadron in question did not have any pressing readiness issues.

We have reported numerous times on the budget issues that have caused training hours to be cut. We can hope that the new President will find a way to make budgets better for the U.S. Military.

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