Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sector Charleston Rescues 2 Marine Pilots

Two Marine pilots returned safely Wednesday night to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort less than two hours after their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a training mission.

The pilots, whose names were not released Wednesday, were about 30 miles east of the St. Helena Sound at about 5:30 p.m. when the fighter jet experienced dual engine failure, according to a news release Wednesday night from the air station.

The pilot and the jet’s weapons system officer ejected from the plane and were plucked from an inflatable survival raft less than an hour later by a search and rescue team from Coast Guard Station Charleston, said Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen, air station spokesman

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