Sailor killed in accident on USS George H.W. Bush identified

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A sailor was killed in a mishap Monday evening on USS George H.W. Bush, Navy officials say.

Officials said the incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on the flight deck of the Bush. No other sailors were injured, and the cause is under investigation.

CDR Dave Hecht with Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs confirmed the ship was conducting routing flight operations at the time.

Officials on Wednesday identified the sailor killed as Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak, of New Jersey.

Naglak was killed when he was struck by the turning propellor of an E-2C Hawkeye after securing the aircraft to the flight deck, officials said.

Naglak enlisted in the Navy in April 2017, and reported to the USS George H.W. Bush four months later–after he completed his training in Pensacola, Florida.

Naval Air Force Atlantic released a statement Wednesday on Naglak’s death:

The loss of a shipmate is a heartbreaking experience for a crew of a Naval vessel and those aboard USS George H.W. Bush will mourn Naglak’s passing and remember him always for his devoted service and sacrifice to our Nation.    

The cause of the mishap is still under investigation.

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