In the Pacific Ocean, four accidents occurred on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson of the US Navy in the last six weeks of 2021. Of these, three occurred within a week.
This is evidenced by the data of the US Navy Security Center.
All these cases occurred with aircraft stationed on the ship. At the same time, none of the people were injured, but the incidents were classified as class A. This means that each of them resulted in at least $2.5 million in damage.
The last incident occurred on December 31 вЂ” the right engine caught fire on the CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor when it was on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson. On the aircraft carrier, this tilt-rotor replaced the outdated C-2A transport aircraft, designed to deliver people, spare parts, and mail from the shore for the Carl Vinson carrier strike group.
Before that, on November 29, the F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter made an emergency landing due to problems with one of the jet engines. The pilot managed to successfully land the plane on deck on one engine.
Five days earlier, on November 24, the sonar diving system used for hunting submarines unexpectedly disconnected from the cable connecting it to the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter and was lost at sea.
And on November 22, the right engine of another F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter caught fire during a training flight over the Philippine Sea. The plane managed to return to the aircraft carrier.
When asked if any of these accidents are related, officials did not answer.