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Navy Sailor Hit by Plane Being Towed on Aircraft Carrier

Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet for takeoff on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (US Navy photo/Sean Castellano)
Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet for takeoff on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (US Navy photo/Sean Castellano)

SAN DIEGO -- Military officials said that a sailor on board the USS Carl Vinson was seriously injured when he was struck by a plane as it was being towed on the flight deck.

Navy spokesman Steve Fiebing said the accident occurred Friday evening on board the San Diego-based aircraft carrier, which was steaming off the coast for training exercises. He did not immediately have additional details but said the incident is under investigation.

The Los Angeles Times reported the sailor was flown by helicopter to a hospital with a serious but non-life threatening injury.

Fiebing said all flight operations were suspended Friday night. Training exercises were scheduled to resume Saturday.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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