UPDATE: F/A-18E Crash: Pilot Ejected and Safely Recovered (5 p.m. EST)

Story Number: NNS140115-17Release Date: 1/15/2014 4:10:00 PM
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OCEANA, Va. (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy pilot was safely recovered from sea today after the F/A-18E Super Hornet he was flying crashed aproximately 45 miles off the Virginia Beach coast.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:30 pm. The pilot ejected from the aircraft and a liferaft deployed. He was recovered by a fishing vessel. The pilot is conscious and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General by a Navy MH-60 Sea Hawk.

The F/A-18E is a single seated aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Four Three (VFA-143) based at Naval Air Station Oceana and was conducting routine training.

The Navy will investigate the cause of the accident.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron  (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
September 12, 2013
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