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Pilot rescued after Navy jet crashes off Va. coast

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) — The Coast Guard says the pilot of a Navy FA-18E jet that crashed Wednesday afternoon has been rescued.

WTKR reports that the FA-18 super hornet is from Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) assigned to Carrier Wing 7 at Oceana Naval Air Station.

Officials said the pilot was able to eject before the jet crashed around 2:35 p.m. about 50 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach

The pilot was rescued by a Navy helicopter and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. At last check at 5 p.m., officials said he was in critical condition.

Last week a Navy helicopter carrying five crew members crashed into the Atlantic about 20 miles east of Cape Henry. Three sailors were killed and two others were injured in the crash.

Click here to read more on this developing story from WTKR. Stay with WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News starting at 5 p.m. for updates. 

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