Tue, Jun 29, 2004
Marine Pilot Killed
Recovery operations for a missing Marine Corps pilot and F/A-18C
Hornet aircraft operating from the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
were suspended Monday. The pilot, Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32,
of Pasco (FL), was killed in the accident.
Aircraft wreckage was recovered approximately 60 miles south of
the Azores in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, where the Harry S. Truman
Strike Group is operating as part of the Summer Pulse ‘04
exercise. The ship, its aircraft, and rigid hull inflatable boats
covered more than 250 square miles of water during the search.
The pilot was conducting a routine training mission when the
incident occurred. The aircraft was reported missing at 0030 Zulu
Sunday. The plane is one of 11 aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 "Silver Eagles" based out of Marine
Corps Air Station Beaufort (SC).
The Harry S. Truman, home-ported in Norfolk (VA), will continue
with its present mission.
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