Navy says pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

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Posted: May 22, 2015 9:30 PM
Navy says pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway after landing at Naval Air Station North Island.

Boaters rescued the pilot from the bay that separates the Navy base in Coronado from downtown San Diego, the Navy said.

The pilot was taken by helicopter to University of California, San Diego, Medical Center for evaluation and was released.

The pilot was training for aircraft-landing qualifications in a T-45C Goshawk when the crash occurred. Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, a Navy spokeswoman, said there was no one else aboard.

The downed aircraft could be seen in the bay's shallow water, barely offshore from the base. The Navy was working to lift the jet out of the water.

The cause was under investigation.

The T-45C Goshawk is a tandem-seat jet used to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots. The downed aircraft was assigned to Training Squadron Nine, stationed in Meridian, Mississippi.