Four rescued after U.S. Navy jets collide

OUTER BANKS, N.C. — Four pilots were rescued after two United States Navy jets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, collided Thursday around 10:40 a.m., crashing into the water about 25 miles off of the Oregon Inlet.

According to Coast Guard 5th District External Affairs Lt. Cmdr. Krystyn Pecora, the crew aboard a commercial fishing boat rescued two of the pilots. The other two were rescued from the water by the Coast Guard Fifth District, who deployed an HH-60 Jayhawk from the Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Another helicopter lifted the remaining two from the fishing vessel and then transported them to the Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for treatment. All four pilots sustained minor  injuries but were reported to be “in high spirits.”

“It was a textbook rescue. So happy we can bring these Navy service members back to their families, ” said Pecora.

The pilots were conducting training exercises off of the coast of North Carolina when the accident occurred. The cause of the collision is unknown and under investigation. According to the Navy Times, Airlant spokesman Mike Maus, “We don’t exactly what happened yet.”

This is not the first collision involving the Navy. In September 2014, a collision occurred when two F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets collided while operating off of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean. These jets were from Carrier Air Wing 17 and a part of the Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113.

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