- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the crash of two Navy jets off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

One of the fishermen who helped rescue navy pilots after their fighter jets crashed off North Carolina says it’s “remarkable” they survived with only minor injuries.

Four aviators were rescued from the water Thursday morning after two F/A-18 Super Hornets were involved in what the Navy is calling an “in-flight mishap.”

Rob Schutrumpf of Richmond was on a yacht that rescued two of them. He told WAVY-TV (https://bit.ly/1WqHtfb) they saw a wing or tail burning, which helped them find the men in the water.

Schutrumpf said he and his friends were boating to Virginia Beach from Florida when the planes crashed, and just “happened to be in the right place at the right time.”


4:00 a.m.

Navy officials are investigating what caused two fighter jets to crash off the coast of North Carolina during a training mission.

Four crew members were rescued from the water Thursday after two F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters were involved in what Navy officials called an “in-flight mishap.”

Officials say they suffered only minor injuries.

Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker is a spokeswoman for Naval Air Force Atlantic. She couldn’t provide additional details on the crash, but said an investigation is underway.

Derick Ansley is a Coast Guard official who helped rescue two of the aviators. He told WTKR-TV that they “got pretty lucky.”

The crew is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 211, based in Virginia Beach, and isn’t currently assigned to an aircraft carrier.

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