FRIDAY FOTO (April 1, 2011)
An aviation boatswain’s mate uses a P25 fire fighting truck to put out a simulated aircraft fire during flight deck firefighting drills aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Drills like this are a necessity on a vessel carrying scores of aircraft, jet fuel and munitions.
Just four days after this photo was taken 11 people on the Stennis were injured when the engine of an F/A-18C Hornet jet fighter caught fire as it was preparing to launch from the flight deck. The Stennis, a nuclear-powered Nimitz-class carrier, was operating in the waters off Southern California conducting carrier qualifications flights at the time of the March 30 accident.
Three sailors remain hospitalized at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. The pilot of the Marine Corps Hornet was unhurt in the incident, which is under investigation. The carrier was not damaged by the blaze. The Hornet was assigned to Marine Attack Fighter Training Squadron 101, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
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