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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The airman who lost his lower right leg in a Nov. 2 accident aboard the USS Kitty Hawk was medically evacuated to San Diego last weekend.

“San Diego is well-suited to handle his condition, and he will also be much closer to his family for the near future,” said Kitty Hawk spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Terrence Dudley in an e-mail. “We’re told he’s doing well, and that he is in good spirits. We continue to take as good of care of our shipmate as we can, ensuring he is receiving the best medical care available.”

Airman Manuel Delrio’s leg got pinned under the wheels of an F/A-18 Hornet on the flight deck while the ship was operating in the western Pacific.

Delrio, from Van Nuys, Calif., was rushed to the shipboard medical facility where a surgeon amputated his right leg below the knee. He was later evacuated by helicopter to a U.S. naval medical facility on Okinawa.

Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-192 has convened a mishap board to look into the accident.


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