- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Three Navy aviators were safe after their EA-6B Prowler apparently lost its brakes while landing on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis Tuesday night and rolled off the flight deck.

The crew was able to eject safely and were fished out of the Pacific off Southern California with no serious injuries, the Navy said Wednesday.

The Prowler was attached to Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129 based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state. The Vietnam-era jet is used to jam enemy radar and communications during missions by attack aircraft or ground troops.

The San Diego-based Stennis was conducting training following a routine maintenance period. Flight operations resumed shortly after the mishap.

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