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Navy Pilot Ejects After Jet Skids Off Runway and Into San Diego Bay

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www.undergroundworldnews.com/live-feeds/ A military plane has gone off the runway at Naval Air Station North Island into the San Diego Bay, officials confirmed Friday. A Navy pilot, flying in a T-45C aircraft, overshot the runway while landing during a training exercise at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) a Navy spokesman said. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before it ran into the water. According to Harbor Police, a civilian boater pulled the crew member out of the water. After being evaluated at UC San Diego Medical Center, the pilot was released and is in stable condition, Navy officials said. When a pilot ejects from a plane, Lt. Reagan Lauritzen told NBC 7 that he or she must have more thorough medical evaluations than a standard checkup. According to Naval Air Forces, the pilot was training to undergo aircraft carrier landing qualifications before the crash. The T-45C plane, assigned to Training Squadron 9 in Mississippi, is a two-seat jet used specifically for Navy training. The $17 million aircraft is made by Boeing and BAE Systems, according to a Naval technology website. The incident happened off the Coronado base's runway 29, near downtown San Diego. The aircraft is still floating in shallow water against a sea wall, and while most of it appears intact, the canopy did fly off. The crash grabbed witness Sean Brady's attention when he heard a large boom. "So we came around the corner and looked outside and I saw a parachute landing in the water," he said. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Pilot-Forced-to-Eject-in-Coronado-Landing-304761211.html