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FA-18E crashes off the coast of Virginia Beach-Pilot rescued by fishing boat

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Earlier this afternoon, while conducting a training exercise a Navy FA-18E Super Hornet crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.

According to local news reports the pilot ejected and was picked up approximately 45 miles off shore by an unnamed fishing vessel.

Based out of NAS Oceania, the FA-18E is part of Carrier Wing 7 which is currently assigned to the USS Eisenhower.

Local news reporter, Lauren Compton of WAVY-TV, said she observed what was thought to be the fighter jet's pilot being taken from a Navy helicopter. He appeared to be alert.

Although the U.S. Coast Guard was nearby, the investigation will be conducted by the Navy.

This crash comes just one week after a Navy MH-53E crashed approximately 18 miles off shore. Two sailors died in that incident.

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