This F/A-18E Super Hornet is similar to the one that crashed off the coast of Virginia. (Source: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/U.S. Navy)
Crews airlifted the pilot to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. (Source: WVEC/CNN)
(RNN) - A Navy pilot ejected from his F-18 before it crashed off the coast of Virginia Wednesday, but was badly injured.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. EST approximately 45 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
The Associated Press reports the pilot, who has not been identified, is in critical condition.
According to the Navy, a life raft deployed after the pilot ejected from the aircraft. He was rescued by a fishing vessel and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by a Navy helicopter. The pilot was conscious at the time. It is not known how long he was in the water before help arrived.
The single seat F-18 craft is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 143 and was conducting routine training.
The Navy is investigating the crash, which comes a week after a Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Norfolk, VA on Jan. 8.
Three crew members died and the pilot's body was recovered Tuesday from the MH-53E Sea Dragon.
A memorial service for the helicopter crash victims is scheduled for Friday.
Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.