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U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes in Gulf

April 27, 1998

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ A U.S. fighter jet crashed into Gulf waters Monday, but the pilot emerged without injuries.

The pilot ejected before the plane crashed and was rescued by a helicopter, according to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command at 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain. The aircraft was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 192.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The plane was launched from the aircraft carrier USS Independence, which is in the Persian Gulf to patrol Iraq’s southern ``no-fly zone.″

The F/A-18 Hornet, made by McDonnell Douglas, is flown by both the Navy and Marine Corps. It can perform either air-to-air combat or ground attack missions.

In February, two F/A-18 Hornet planes collided over the Gulf, killing one of the pilots.

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