Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup.
OREGON INLET, N.C. (WAVY) — Video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows a crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City pull Naval aviators from the water after an in-air mishap Thursday morning.
The crash involved two F/A-18F Super Hornets and happened around 10:30 a.m. 25 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
Lt. Tod Storie spoke with WAVY-TV about the rescue. He said he and his crew were about to start a training mission when they got a call about the mishap.
“We spotted a debris field first. Shortly thereafter, probably just a couple of minutes after, we spotted the debris field, we were able to spot two pilots in rafts,” Lt. Storie said. “We dropped down and delivered a flair near them.
“In the process of doing that, the other two pilots — who were about two to three miles away, something like that — and they popped smoke.”
The Coast Guard then directed a nearby fishing boat toward the other two pilots. The fishing boat took aboard the two pilots before they were transferred to another Coast Guard small boat. From there, the aviators were hoisted into the Coast Guard helicopter.
All four of the pilots have minor injuries and are reportedly in high spirits.