USCG rescues Navy pilot after crash off Florida Keys 

An F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft was conducting training operations when the pilot ejected, and the jet crashed into the ocean

USCG rescues Navy pilot after crash off Florida Keys 

F-5N Tiger II fighter jets with Marine Fighter Training Squadron (VMFT) 401 trained at MCAS Miramar with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 and the 310th Fighter Squadron March 16. This training allowed both services to experience different flight tactics and train with different aircraft. (Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing)

By Associated Press

KEY WEST, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a Navy jet pilot off the Florida Keys.

A Coast Guard news release says they received a report Wednesday afternoon that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water 20 miles southeast of Key West and needed assistance.

The Coast Guard says a helicopter and airplane were diverted to the area, and the helicopter crew spotted the pilot's emergency smoke signal. Rescuers hoisted the pilot up to the helicopter.

A Navy news release says the F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft was conducting training operations when the pilot ejected, and the jet crashed into the ocean.

The pilot was taken to a Keys hospital in good condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

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