10 Sailors aboard Navy Carrier Injured in Fighter Jet Explosion off Calif. Coast

04/01/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Diego, CA — Ten sailors aboard carrier John C. Stennis were injured when a jet burst into flames on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Four people sustained serious enough injuries to be airlifted from the ship, which was about 100 miles off Southern California, to a San Diego hospital for treatment, reported the Los Angeles Times.

According to Navy officials, the sailors were working on the flight deck during a routine training mission, when the Marine F/A-18C Hornet exploded into flames as it was preparing for launch. The blaze was extinguished before the fire could spread.

Ten sailors in all were injured in the incident. Four injured sailors were airlifted to Naval Medical Center San Diego, where they are currently listed in stable condition. The six other sailors received treatment aboard the ship by medical personnel.

The pilot of the F/A-18C was not hurt in the fire.

The jet is from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, based at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

The carrier reportedly did not suffer significant damage, but the jet sustained more than $1 million in damages.

The incident is under investigation.

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