WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. Navy fighter jets plunged into the Persian Gulf Monday after a mid-air collision, but all three pilots were rescued safely, a top Navy commander said Monday.
Navy Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff told reporters that the three pilots have been brought back to the USS Harry Truman, the aircraft carrier they were operating from, and are in good condition. Cosgriff, commander of the Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said the pilots were undergoing medical checks.
According to the Navy, teams from the Truman rescued the three aviators who ejected after their F/A-18 Super Hornets crashed during operations in the northern Gulf. The aircraft are from Carrier Air Wing Three, which is deployed to the Persian Gulf with the Truman Carrier Strike Group.
Cosgriff said it was a mid-air collision and that both aircraft were destroyed. Information released by the 5th Fleet said the two aircraft were providing “close air support from Iraq when they crashed.”
One of the jets that crashed held two pilots, the other held just one.
The crash took place at about 1 p.m. ET.