OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WVEC) -- Two Navy jet fighters crashed off the coast of North Carolina during a training mission Thursday, and their four crew members were airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries after being plucked out of the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial fishing vessel and Coast Guard rescuers, officials said.
All four aviators were released from the hospital Friday.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, crashed about 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet around 10:40 a.m., following an "in-flight mishap," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Force Atlantic. Walker did not have any further details.
Earlier Thursday, the Coast Guard had said the two aircraft collided in the air before crashing.
The Coast Guard responded to the crash, and they -- along with a Good Samaritan fishing vessel -- rescued all four aviators after the F/A-18 Super Hornets crashed.
The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Pammy rescued two of the survivors, and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoisted the other two survivors from the water.
A second helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City then picked up the two survivors from the fishing vessel. All four airmen were taken to Norfolk Sentara General hospital.
The first helicopter landed shortly before 1 p.m. As they were taken off the helicopter, the rescued airmen appeared to be talking to the crew and moving on their own. The second helicopter landed around 1:15, and the two other rescued crew members were able to leave the aircraft and walk into the hospital unassisted.
A spokesperson for the Coast Guard says all four crew members had minor injuries but were "in high spirits."
"It was a textbook rescue," Lt. Commander Krystyn Pecora said. "So happy we can bring these Navy service members back to their families."
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The Super Hornets are two-seated aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Two One One (VFA-211) based at Naval Air Station Oceana and were conducting routine training.
Naval Air Force Atlantic says a "mishap investigation" is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
"We don't know exactly what happened yet," AIRLANT spokesman Mike Maus told Navy Times, but an investigation has been convened.
The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft that operates in tactical squadrons at stations around the world and from 10 aircraft carriers, the Navy says on its website. The Super Hornet, the newest model, has a longer range, aerial refueling capability and improved survivability and lethality, according to the website.
Each of the planes costs at least $57 million, the Navy says.
The jets that crashed Thursday were performing training exercises and are not currently assigned to an aircraft carrier, Walker said.
Navy officials did not provide details on the extent of the damage the planes sustained.
A rescue helicopter was dispatched from the Coast Guard's air station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The station's helicopters perform ocean search-and-rescue operations off North Carolina and Virginia as far east as Bermuda.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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