OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- Two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana collided with each other and crashed in the waters about 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded, and they -- along with a Good Samaritan fishing vessel -- rescued four crew.
Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center watchstanders were notified at 10:30 a.m. that two planes collided and four people were in the water. The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Jamie recovered all four survivors.
Two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoisted the survivors and took them to Norfolk Sentara General hospital.
The first helicopter landed shortly before 1 p.m. As they were taken off the helicopter, the rescued airmen appeared to be talking to the crew and moving on their own.
The second helicopter landed around 1:15, and the two other rescued crew members were able to leave the aircraft and walk into the hospital unassisted.
The Virginia Marine Police say that they are on standby and are ready to respond, if needed.
The Super Hornets 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.
Naval Air Force Atlantic says a "mishap investigation" is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.