Second Aircraft Crash, Same Area: What’s Going On Off the Coast of VA Beach?
One Week After Helicopter Crash, Navy Fighter Crashes in the Same Vicinity
Just 1 week after the loss of a Navy Sea Dragon helicopter during a training mission, and on the same day the Navy confirmed the finding of the remains of the last missing crew member, the Naval families are reeling from the crash of a Navy FA-18E, just 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. FOX News broke the story January 16:
A single-seat Navy F-18 jet has crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, a U.S. Navy official confirmed to Fox News.
Spokesman Petty Officer David Weydert said the pilot was rescued by a fishing vessel in the area, WAVY reports.
The pilot ejected from the jet and was recovered by a Navy helicopter. A Navy spokesman told the Associated Press that the pilot is conscious, but he gave no other details immediately about the crash or the pilot’s health.
WAVY.com out of Portsmouth, VA, verified that the pilot ejected and is in critical condition:
Spokesman Petty Officer David Weydert confirmed the pilot ejected and was rescued by a fishing vessel in the area. The pilot was conscious when he was picked up. A Navy MH-60 Sea Hawk responded to the scene and transported the pilot to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition, according to Commander Mike Kafka.
Along with the investigation into last week’s crash of a Navy Sea Dragon, which claimed the lives of 3 crew members, the Navy announced today that they will begin conducting an investigation into the crash of this $45 million dollar jet as well.
And that doesn’t include the investigation into an August 1, 2013, crash of 2 Air National Guard F-16C Aircraft that collided off the coast of Virginia Beach. Fortunately, the crew of both planes survived the wrecks.
I have some investigating to do….in the meantime, pray for our warriors. Our leaders don’t seem to be.
Keep the faith, bros, in all things courage, and no substitute for VICTORY.