2 Navy Fighter Jets Crash Into the Atlantic

4 people hospitalized with minor injuries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2016 2:32 PM CDT
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, a US navy jet F/A-18 Super Hornet flies over the USS George Washington (CVN-73).   (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)

(Newser) – Two Navy jet fighters crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina during a routine training mission on Thursday, sending four people to the hospital, officials said. The Navy initially said the F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based in Virginia Beach, collided about 10:40am off the coast of Cape Hatteras, but officials later said they couldn't be sure if the jets collided and would only confirm that they were involved in an "in-flight mishap," the AP reports. Four crew members were taken to a hospital in Norfolk with minor injuries. The four survivors were plucked off a commercial fishing ship that pulled them out of the Atlantic Ocean and flown by Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup. (Read more Navy stories.)

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