Fighter jet off USS Ronald Reagan crashes in Philippine Sea

The F  A-18 Hornet took off from the aircraft career USS Ronald Reagan and suffered a mechanical problem during Monday&rs

The F A-18 Hornet took off from the aircraft career USS Ronald Reagan and suffered a mechanical problem during Monday&rs

CVW 5 is embarked onboard the USS Ronald Reagan and is now underway in the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said the F/A-18 Hornet had a mechanical problem during Monday's routine operations in the Philippine Sea.

A warplane from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea northeast of the Philippines on Monday, but its two aviators were rescued safely.

The crash is still being investigated.

After ejecting from the Super Hornet, the sailors were picked up by search-and-rescue aircraft from the Ronald Reagan and brought back aboard the Yokosuka-based carrier.

"Both aviators are in good condition" and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier had resumed normal operations "in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region", it added.

Japan's Defence Ministry said the crash happened off the country's southern island of Okinawa. The jet crashed into the ocean.

Japan's coastguard "dispatched an aircraft to the waters to see if there is any debris or floating oil".

Last month, 12 people were injured when a Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crashed on the Ronald Reagan's flight deck in the Philippine Sea.