On 9 November 2016, two Marine jets collide off California coast, one pilot ejected. The other pilot was able to safely land his jet at Naval Air Station North Island
The two jets reportedly crashed near Miramar, a neighborhood in San Diego, KFMB reported.
Coast Guard and Navy search-and-rescue teams received a mayday call at 12:11 p.m. Sailors from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson scrambled to retrieve the ejected Marine pilot 30 minutes later, according to a Marine Corps statement.
Both pilots were reported as being in stable condition that afternoon, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
The area is home to a Marine Corps Air Station. The Marine Corps confirmed that on 9 November 2016 two Third Marine Aircraft Wing single-seat F/A-18 Hornets collided in mid-air during a training mission at about 11:43am. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
The same type of aircraft, and also out of MCAS Miramar, crashed near San Diego in 2008. The pilot, First Lieutenant Dan Neubauer, ejected from the F/A-18 and fell safely into a tree. The jet, however, killed two women and two children in one house in the residential area of University City. Two houses were destroyed, and a third was damaged.
In the current incident, one pilot was able to safely land his jet at Naval Air Station North Island, but search crews have yet to find the other pilot who ejected.