Blue Angels Pilot Reinstated After Panhandle Crash

A rookie Blue Angels pilot is flying again with the Navy's jet aerobatics team after his F/A-18 Hornet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on December 1.

Lt. Ted Steelman ejected safely before his aircraft crashed off a barrier island on the Florida-Alabama border called Perdido Key.

The Navy hasn't issued a report on the crash.

Steelman was reinstated to flying status on December 21.

The six-plane precision flying team is based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. It has been at El Centro Naval Air Facility in California for the past month for winter training.

Investigators examined the wreckage after it was salvaged from the Gulf bottom in mid-December. The $18 million jet has been declared a total loss.


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