A Coast Guard helicopter assists in the rescue of a Navy jet pilot in the water 20 miles southeast of Key West Wednesday. (U.S. Coast Guard)
Originally published Friday, August 11, 2017 at 06:00a.m.
KEY WEST, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a Navy jet pilot off the Florida Keys.
A Coast Guard news release says they received a report Wednesday afternoon that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water 20 miles southeast of Key West and needed assistance.
The Coast Guard says a helicopter and airplane were diverted to the area, and the helicopter crew spotted the pilot’s emergency smoke signal. Rescuers hoisted the pilot up to the helicopter.
A Navy news release says the F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft was conducting training operations when the pilot ejected, and the jet crashed into the ocean.
The pilot was taken to a Keys hospital in good condition.
The crash remains under investigation.