Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ike sailor was struck by Super Hornet

By Andrew Scutro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 8, 2008 15:29:44 EDT
NORFOLK, Va. — The sailor killed Saturday night aboard the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was struck by an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck “during catapult launch,” according to the Naval Safety Center’s online mishap log.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft Handling) 2nd Class (AW) Robert Lemar Robinson, 31, of Detroit, was killed. The matter remains under investigation according to 2nd Fleet spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson. She said the ship remains at sea.

Hillson said Robinson was killed during flight operations off the coast of Cherry Point, N.C.

Robinson leaves behind three children. He joined the Navy on Sept. 24, 1998. He previously served aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise.

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