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US sailor hit, injured by towed aircraft on USS Carl Vinson flight deck

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) plows through the Indian Ocean as aircraft on its flight deck are prepared for flight operations on March 15, 2005. (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 3rd Class Dusty Howell)
November 06, 2017

The U.S. has launched an investigation after a sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was struck by an aircraft while it was being towed on the flight deck.

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The sailor was taken via helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with non-life threatening injuries on Friday around 6:30 p.m., Navy spokesman Steve Fiebing told the Los Angeles Times.

The USS Carl Vinson was conducting a Sustainment Training Exercise when the incident occurred.

The incident comes at a time when training and safety on board U.S. Navy ships have been criticized. During the summer, the USS John McCain and the USS Fitzgerald had fatal collision incidents, respectively, leading to the deaths of 17 sailors in total.

Last Wednesday, a U.S. Navy report uncovered numerous failures in leadership, training and seamanship that caused the deadly collisions.