Coast Guard crews are searching for a downed Navy F-18 approximately 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
The Coast Guard tells 13News Now that the cutters Albacore and Elm have responded to the scene
@13NewsNow's Mike Gooding has confirmed a FA-18E Hornet based at NAS Oceana went down about 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The pilot ejected and was recovered safely.
The pilot was on routine training when it went down.
Pilot was recovered by a nearby fishing vessel. We're told he was conscious and talking.
A Navy helicopter just brought a patient to Sentara Norfolk General hospital. Trying to confirm that this is the pilot who ejected and was rescued.
Pilot was talkative to rescue workers who brought him into Sentara Norfolk General hospital.
Navy spokesman tells 13NewsNow that the pilot in the #navyjetdown off Virginia Beach is in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk Hospital
Our Jonathan Costen reports that the pilot was conscious when he was brought in to the hospital. Jonathan says he was talking to rescue workers who were taking out of the helicopter and bringing him into the hospital.