A Navy jet has skidded off a runway during takeoff for a training flight in San Diego, and its pilot was rescued by a civilian boat, a Navy official said.
The T-45 Goshawk crashed into the San Diego Bay today at around 2 p.m. PT, the official said, as it was taking off from Naval Air Station North Island.
"Local mariners safely recovered the pilot from San Diego Bay," Naval Air Forces Public Affairs said in a written statement. "The aircraft was conducting routine training in advance of aircraft carrier landing qualifications prior to the mishap."
The pilot was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a statement from Naval Air Station North Island.
The pilot was from Training Squadron NINE (VT-9), stationed out of Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, officials said.