US Navy fighter jets collide over the Pacific Ocean


Two U.S. Navy fighter jets have crashed into the water after colliding over the western Pacific Ocean.

The pilot of one of the F/A-18 Hornets has been recovered and search crews are still looking for the other. The aircraft were from Carrier Air Wing 17 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, in California's San Joaquin Valley.

The Navy told NBC News that both jets crashed early Friday morning. The rescued pilot was returned to the carrier and is being treated, officials said. Neither plane has been recovered.

The air wing is embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Officials say other aircraft still in the air in the vicinity were safely recovered.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in June as it prepared to land on the Carl Vinson off the Southern California coast. The pilot was able to eject safely.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story

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