Crew saved as two US Navy jets collide off North Carolina

An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in a 2014 file photo.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in a 2014 file photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The crew members of two US Navy warplanes were rescued after their jets collided while on a training mission off the coast of North Carolina, authorities said Thursday.

The US Coast Guard said a fishing vessel rescued the four survivors from the sea following the collision at around 10.30 am (10.30pm Singapore time).

A Coast Guard helicopter then hoisted the crew off the boat and took them to a hospital.

Navy spokesman Ensign Marc Rockwellpate said the two F/A-18s were on a routine training run when they were involved in an "in-flight mishap" off of Cape Hatteras.

"A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause," he said.