SAN DIEGO - A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet crashed off the coast of Southern California Wednesday night.
The pilot was trying to land the jet on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson just after 10 p.m. when something went wrong and the jet crashed into the ocean, according to a Navy spokesperson.
The pilot ejected safely and was rescued from the water. He was taken aboard the USS Carl Vinson and is in stable condition.
The jet has not been recovered and the cause of the crash is under investigation. All airborne jets were diverted to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado.
The aircraft was part of a squadron assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
This was the second military aircraft to crash in the Southern California area in a six-hour period. On Wednesday afternoon, a Third Marine Aircraft Wing AV-8B Harrier crashed into a residential neighborhood in Imperial. There were no injuries in that crash, and the pilot safely ejected. Three homes were destroyed.