Navy: pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

A U.S. F/A-18 fighter jet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. U.S. military officials say American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles Sunday that were part of an Islamic State group convoy moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the northeastern Iraqi city of Irbil. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
FILE: A U.S. F/A-18 fighter jet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. U.S. military officials say American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles Sunday that were part of an Islamic State group convoy moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the northeastern Iraqi city of Irbil. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway at Naval Air Station North Island.

Boaters rescued the pilot from the bay that separates the Navy base in Coronado from downtown San Diego, the Navy said.

The pilot was taken by helicopter to be evaluated at a hospital. The Navy did not elaborate on the pilot’s condition in its brief statement.

The pilot was training for aircraft landing qualifications when the crash occurred. The Navy said the cause was under investigation.

KGTV-TV showed a photo of the downed aircraft in the bay’s shallow waters.

The Navy T-45C Goshawk is a tandem-seat jet used to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots. The downed aircraft was assigned to Training Squadron Nine, stationed in Meridian, Mississippi.

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