New York Times: Navy Pilot’s Death Reveals Everyday Perils of Military Aviation

WASHINGTON — All the Navy recovered after Lt. Nathan Poloski’s fighter jet collided in midair with another jet on a training mission in the western Pacific in September were his flight helmet and a few bits of debris. The 26-year-old pilot, who was deployed aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, died one month before the ship steamed into the Persian Gulf and began flying combat missions against the Islamic State.

Lieutenant Poloski’s body and his F/A-18C Hornet were never found in waters nearly three miles deep. The other Hornet pilot was rescued after ejecting from his burning jet. Navy officials concluded that the crash shortly after takeoff was a tragic accident and assigned no blame.

WNU Editor: A sobering lesson that life in the military can be dangerous even in peacetime.

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