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Sailor injured in mishap aboard San Diego-based Carl Vinson aircraft carrier

Sailor injured in mishap aboard San Diego-based Carl Vinson aircraft carrier
The Carl Vinson, with Point Loma in the background (left), is seen here as the aircraft carrier heads out to sea for a training mission in October. (Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union Tribune)

A sailor aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson sustained serious injuries when he was struck by a plane as it was being towed on the flight deck, officials said Saturday.

The U.S. Navy did not have full details on how the sailor was struck and an investigation is ongoing to determine what happened, Navy spokesman Steve Fiebing said. The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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The sailor was flown by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in stable condition with a serious, non-life-threatening injury, Fiebing said.

The Carl Vinson is off the coast of Southern California conducting training exercises and was closer to San Diego when the incident occurred, Fiebing said. He noted that the remainder of flight operations were suspended Friday night and some operations planned for Saturday morning were delayed but were scheduled to resume in the afternoon.

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