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Navy F/A-18A+ Crashes Off Virginia Coast, Pilot Recovered

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Story Number: NNS071012-10
Release Date: 10/12/2007 9:53:00 AM


From Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Public Affairs

EAST COAST (NNS) -- A Navy F/A-18A+ Hornet crashed off the coast of Virginia Oct. 11 during a routine training operation.

The pilot successfully ejected and was recovered a short time later by a Coast Guard helicopter. He has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation of his injuries which are not believed to be serious.

The pilot’s name has not been released.

The aircraft was assigned to the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron 87 based at NAS Oceana. The crash happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. about 70 miles off the Virginia coast.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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