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Navy jet crash off Virginia coast; pilot ejected

By: LOLITA C. BALDOR
January 15, 2014 Updated: January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy official says an F-18 fighter jet has crashed into waters off the Virginia coast, but the pilot ejected safely.

The official says the pilot was recovered by a civilian fishing vessel. Navy helicopters were en route to pick up the pilot Wednesday. The pilot will be brought back to Naval Air Station Oceana for evaluation. It was not clear whether the pilot was injured in the crash, which was in the Atlantic Ocean, about 45 miles off the coast.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly by name so spoke on condition of anonymity.

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