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.