Missing Navy pilot presumed dead

By Susan Garraty, CNN

updated 6:26 AM EDT, Mon September 15, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two F/A-18 Hornets collided
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation

(CNN) — A Navy pilot missing and presumed dead after two jets collided over the western Pacific Ocean has been identified as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

Poloski was flying an F/A-18 Hornet when it collided with another Hornet aircraft during routine flight operations Friday.

The pilot of the second plane was rescued, treated and has been released from the ship’s medical facilities.

Navy pilot missing and presumed dead after two jets collided over the western Pacific Ocean has been identified as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

Navy pilot missing and presumed dead after two jets collided over the western Pacific Ocean has been identified as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

But despite an extensive search, which covered more than 3,00 square miles, Poloski’s remains have not been found.

He has now been declared presumed dead.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron 81 taxis onto a catapult prior to launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Two F/A-18s flying from the carrier crashed into the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Friday, September 12.An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron 81 taxis onto a catapult prior to launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Two F/A-18s flying from the carrier crashed into the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Friday, September 12.

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The two jets crashed about 290 miles (470 kilometers) west of Wake Island. Wake Island is more than 2,400 miles west of Hawaii.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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CNN’s Jamie Crawford, Mariano Castillo and Joshua Berlinger contributed to this report.

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