Coast Guard and Navy aircraft and vessels Tuesday searched for a crewman missing from an F-14 jet fighter that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina while practicing combat maneuvers, killing his crewmate, officials said.
Six people were injured in another F-14 crash Monday after two Navy aviators bailed out of their jet over an airfield in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, sending it smashing into a hangar.The crash off Hatteras, N.C., occurred Monday afternoon 22 miles east of Oregon Inlet, the Navy said. A fishing boat picked up a crewman, who was pronounced dead.
The identity of the dead aviator and his missing crewmate were not released pending notification of relatives.
Five people, including the two Navy fliers, remained hospitalized Tuesday following the crash Monday morning in El Cajon 15 miles east of San Diego.
The $35 million jet crashed upside down into hangars at Gillespie Field and exploded. The blaze ignited by the crash destroyed a hangar and an attached extension, but spared a nearby restaurant.
Authorities said the two crewmentried to guide the jet to the runway at Gillespie Field before bailing out.
Capt. Gary Hughes, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Miramar, said he was grateful there weren't more injuries, "particularly when you're this close to El Cajon. It's a very populated area."
The jet passed within a mile of an elementary school.