Two pilots and two flight officers whose jets crashed off the coast of North Carolina this morning were recovered and are receiving medical attention, according to a Thursday release from Naval Air Force Atlantic.
The two F/A-18F Super Hornets, who "were involved in an in-flight mishap" around 10:40 a.m. were flying a routine training mission off Cape Hatteras, the release said.
"We don't know exactly what happened yet," AIRLANT spokesman Mike Maus told Navy Times, but an investigation has been convened.
Coast Guard Fifth District received a call that two jets had collided around 10:30 a.m., according to a Coast Guard release.
Navy aviators involved in a crash exit a Coast Guard helicopter at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
Photo Credit: L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP
All four were recovered by a good Samaritan boat, the commercial fishing vessel Tammy, then hoisted by Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk based at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the release said.
All four are being treated for potential injuries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The aircrew are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.