OREGON INLET, N.C. (WAVY) – The U.S. Coast Guard confirms it has received reports of a plane down 25 miles off the coast of Oregon Inlet and the FAA confirms it involves a military aircraft.
According to Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup, the report was received around 10:30 a.m. and said a Coast Guard helicopter is searching.
Laurie Naismith with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) says two people have been pulled out of the water.
A Sentara spokesman says Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is expecting patients. A hospital spokesman says they are expecting one helicopter with patients within the next 15 minutes and another within the hour. Spokesman Dale Gauding said each helicopter is transporting two patients, for a total of four patients.
Naval Air Force Atlantic says two Navy ships are inbound and expected within two hours. The F/A-18F 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. According to LCDR Tiffani Walker, a mishap investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.