Pilot in critical condition after F-18 crash off Virginia Beach

Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM EST
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Source: WAVY
Source: WAVY


A Navy fighter jet reportedly crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach Wednesday.

The single-seat Navy F-18 went down 45 miles off the coast, the U.S. Coast Guard told A spokesperson confirmed that a fishing vessel rescued the pilot, who is currently in critical condition.

The crash comes a day after Navy crews recovered the body of a helicopter pilot who was killed in a crash last week.

Divers recovered the body of 39-year-old Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, of Santee, Calif., Tuesday. The wreckage of the helicopter's was found Monday.

Five crew members were aboard the MH-53E Sea Dragon when it crashed Jan. 8. Two of the five crew members died at the hospital. Two others were treated and released from the hospital.

The Navy says the helicopter was taking part in routine mine countermeasure training when it crashed.

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