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US Navy grounds air crew that made penis in sky

A U.S. Navy air crew was grounded on Friday after using their advanced fighter jet to draw a giant image of a penis in the sky with the exhaust, officials said. The incident took place in skies over Okanogan County in Washington state

world Updated: Nov 18, 2017 09:13 IST
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The incident took place in skies over Okanogan County in Washington state on Thursday, when a Navy E/A-18 Growler warplane flew the unusual air pattern.(Reuters File Photo)

The air crew who used their US Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the US Navy said Friday.

An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday.

Many residents spotted the contrails in the clear blue skies above the central Washington town of 2,500 people. Witnesses took photos and placed them on social media platforms, where they were widely viewed.

“The actions of this aircrew are wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values” said a statement issued Friday by NAS Whidbey Island.

“We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation,” the statement said, “and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act, and anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action,” the statement said.

The aircraft involved was an E/A-18 Growler assigned to Whidbey Island, the Navy said. The carrier-based plane carries a two-person crew.

The plane flew over the small town in a pattern “that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground,” the Navy said.

The names of the air crew were not released.

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 08:37 IST