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USN VFA-106
"Gladiators",

NAS Oceana

Deployed to Key West, Florida for training

F/A-18C Hornet

 

Friday 14th October 2005

Pilot not yet named

 

 


A Navy pilot whose jet crashed in the ocean near Key West was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment Friday afternoon.

 

 

At about 8:30 a.m the pilot of  USN F/A-18C jet from VFA-106 "Gladiators", NAS Oceana Deployed to Key West, Florida for training ejected and the aircraft crashed off the Florida Keys about 36 miles southwest of Key West. He was rescued by a Navy HH-60 helicopter.

He was taken  to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent medical examinations.

 

 


The only pilot aboard was found alive a short time later and was hoisted out of the water by a Navy HH-60 helicopter

 

 

 


Coast Guard spokesman Gretchen Eddy said the Coast Guard was notified by another F/A-18 pilot about the crash and responded with helicopters, rescue boats and a cutter

Thanks to Barbara A. Besteni  Managing Editor  NBC6.net - Miami/Ft. Lauderdale for permission to include photographs Copyright 2005 by NBC6.net   from their online news reports on the ejection