The F-18 crash 45 miles off Virginia Beach on Wednesday happened just one week after the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter crashed 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach last Wednesday. During this week’s F-18 crash, the pilot was able to eject and was rescued by a fishing vessel in the area, reported Fox News on Jan. 15, 2014.
The rescued pilot involved in the single-seat Navy F-18 jet crash was in critical condition as of Wednesday night according to a San Diego CBS news report.
According to U.S. Navy officials, the pilot was conscious after he had ejected and was transported to a hospital by a Navy helicopter. The jet had taken off from Naval Air Station Oceana and went down during "routine training," the Navy said in a statement.
Wednesday’s Navy F-18 crash off Virginia Beach is touching San Diego residents deeply since San Diego is home to Headquarters for Naval Air Forces, Naval Air Force Pacific, and the Naval Special Warfare Center (the primary training center for SEALs).
Late Tuesday night, just hours before the F-18 crash, Navy divers had recovered the remains of 39-year-old Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder. Sean Christopher Snyder was from Santee in San Diego and he was the pilot of the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter that fell into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia last Wednesday, Jan. 8. Snyder's body was found in the submerged cockpit.
Similar to this week’s F-18 crash 45 miles off Virginia Beach, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder’s MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter went down about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Besides Sean Christopher Snyder, two other crew members died. Two others survived. While the F-18 crashed during a “training mission,” the “Sea Dragon” helicopter crashed while the men were conducting a "routine mine countermeasure training" mission.
In addition to the F-18 crash and the “Sea Dragon” crash, an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed last Tuesday on the eastern England coast during a training mission, killing all four crewmen aboard.