Pilot ejects after plane goes off runway at North Island

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CORONADO, Calif. – A trainer jet ended up in San Diego Bay Friday afternoon after it went  off a runway at North Island Naval Air Station, Navy officials said.

Photo Credit: Luis Mijangos
Photo Credit: Luis Mijangos

The pilot safely ejected from the plane and was picked up by local boaters, according to a Navy. The pilot has been treated and released from a local hospital, the Navy statement said.

The airplane, a white jet with a red nose and tail , came to rest in shallow water a short way off the north shore of North Island. It is a T-45C Goshawk jet assigned to Training Squadron NINE (VT-9), stationed in Meridian Miss., Lt. Reagan Lauritzen said.

The pilot was on a routine training flight in preparation for qualifying to land on aircraft carriers, the Navy said. The plane was attempting to land when it ran off the end of runway 29 at about 2 p.m., Lauritzen told FOX 5.

The T-45 Goshawk is a two-seat trainer manufactured by Boeing and BAE Systems, according to the website Naval-Technology.com.

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