Navy jet crashes off Southern California coast

Navy jet crashes off Southern California coast. Pilot safely ejects before crash

A Navy jet crashed Wednesday night off the Southern California coast during a pre-deployment training mission, the Navy said.

The F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed about 10 p.m. into the ocean while attempting a landing aboard the carrier Carl Vinson.

The pilot ejected safely and was recovered. The plane "has not been recovered," the Navy said.

The plane was based at Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va. The Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 were training to prepare for an upcoming deployment.

All other airborne aircraft were diverted to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado and air operations aboard the Vinson were suspended.

The crash is under investigation.

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