Downed Fighter Jet Recovered Off Hawaii

A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was recently used to help locate a downed fighter jet off Hawaii.

The privately owned Hawker Hunter aircraft crashed on December 12, 2018 while participating in the Hawaii Air National Guard sponsored training exercise Sentry Aloha. The pilot ejected before the crash and was rescued by the Coast Guard with the assistance of nearby good Samaritans, but the plane was sent crashing into the ocean.

The aicraft hit the water about 1 mile south of Honolulu in an area with many small boats. The number of boats in the area meant there were many cellphone videos, making the general location of the plane easier to pinpoint.

Working to find the sunken aircraft, Parker Marine Salvage contacted Steve Van Meter of Van Meter Consulting to help pinpoint the exact location.

An extensive sidescan sonar mission, lasting several days, had identified 75 p....

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