Navy Pilot Recovered After Jet Crash

Story Number: NNS170809-23Release Date: 8/9/2017 4:41:00 PM
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From Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- A Navy pilot ejected from his F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft, August 9, about 20 nautical miles southeast of Naval Air Station Key West. The pilot was quickly recovered by a Coast Guard helicopter at approximately 1:15 p.m.

The pilot, who has not been identified, is assigned to Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111. He was reported to have no significant injuries.

The F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft crashed into the ocean while conducting training operations off the Florida coast. Report of the jet's downing came in at 12:38 p.m.

The incident is currently under investigation. The pilot was transferred to Lower Keys Medical Center for evaluation.

An F-5N Tiger II assigned to the Sun Downers of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 launches from Boca Chica Field.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
November 13, 2014
A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin crew hoists a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Florida Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The helicopter crew was diverted from a patrol, observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot in the water. U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Miami.
August 9, 2017
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