NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Four Naval aviators involved in an in-flight mishap off the coast of Cape Hatteras Thursday have been released from the hospital.
The aviators were released Friday, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Mike Maus confirmed to WAVY.com.
The aviators survived a crash involving two F/A-18F Super Hornets that happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. They suffered minor injuries.
The F/A-18F are two-seated aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 based at Naval Air Station Oceana. They were conducting routine training when the mishap occurred.
The aviators ejected after the in-air mishap and landed in the water 25 miles off the coast. A Coast Guard crew responded from Air Station Elizabeth City. They happened to be preparing for a training mission when they received a call about the mishap.
The Coast Guard spotted two pilots in rafts, Lt. Tod Storie told 10 On Your Side. They dropped down and delivered a flare to them before hoisting them up to safety.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard directed a nearby fishing boat, the “Pammy,” toward the other two pilots.
10 On Your Side spoke exclusively to Rob Schutrumpf, one of the men aboard the “Pammy,” who said he was with friends on his boat traveling from Cape Hatteras to Virginia Beach when he saw the aftermath of the crash in the water.
“We just backed the boat up to them, opened the tuna door and they climbed in the tuna door with all of the gear and that was it,” Schutrumpf said.
The two pilots were transferred to another Coast Guard small boat and were then hoisted into the helicopter.
A safety investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
Stay with WAVY News for continuing coverage of this developing story.