Navy jet crash off Virginia coast; pilot ejected

Navy jet crash off Virginia coast; pilot ejected

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A US sailor (R) patrols next to F18-A jet fighters on the flight deck of the US super carrier, USS George Washington anchored off on Manila Bay on October 25, 2012. The captain of the US supercarrier, Captain Gregory Fenton said on October 25 the US Navy's presence in Asia would help safeguard 'freedom of navigation', amid China's claims to sovereignty over vast waters in the region.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Navy official says an F-18 fighter jet has crashed into waters off the Virginia coast, but the pilot ejected safely.

The official says the pilot was recovered by a civilian fishing vessel. Navy helicopters were en route to pick up the pilot Wednesday. The pilot will be brought back to Naval Air Station Oceana for evaluation. It was not clear whether the pilot was injured in the crash, which was in the Atlantic Ocean, about 45 miles off the coast.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly by name so spoke on condition of anonymity.

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