Coast Guard Rescues Navy F-5N Pilot 20 Near Key West
MIAMI — The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Fla., on Aug. 9, the service announced in a release.
The F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft crashed into the ocean while conducting training operations, according to the Navy News Service. The pilot, who has not been identified, ejected from the aircraft. He is assigned to Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111.
Watchstanders with Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot in the water. The rescue crew hoisted the pilot from the water and brought him back to Lower Keys Medical Center in good condition. He was reported to have no significant injuries.