The Navy is investigating an incident on January 29 in which ice coated flight instruments and windows of an EA 18G Growler jet, blinding the plane's crew and forcing it to land using a Garmin watch and spoken instructions from air controllers, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The incident was first reported by the trade publication Defense News, which said the crew also suffered serious injuries from frostbite, including severe blistering and burns on their hands.
The jet specializes in jamming enemy electronics. It took off Jan. 29 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northern Washington bound for the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake near Ridgecrest.
Citing sources familiar with the incident and an internal report it obtained, Defense News said a mist pumped into the cockpit and iced over windows and flight instruments, rendering the pilot and the plane's weapons system officer "almost completely blind."
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