. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Navy Orders 'Standdown' Of F-14 Jets

WASHINGTON -- A Navy F-14A fighter jet crashed in the Gulf on Thursday. It was the third F-14 crash in less than a month, and the Navy ordered all of the high-performance planes worldwide to stop flying for at least three days while an investigation is conducted.


The pilot and radar intercept officer aboard the plane were rescued and returned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, said Navy spokesman Commander Stephen Pietropaoli in the Pentagon. He said the two received minor injuries.


The Navy decided to call a "standdown'' for all F-14s around the world, Pietropaoli said.


Last Sunday, a Navy F-14D fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during exercises, killing its two crew members.


On Jan. 29, an F-14A slammed into a residential neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee. The two crew members and three people on the ground were killed.