Coast Guard says 4 rescued after 2 jets collide off North Carolina coast

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Stock photo of a US Navy (USN) F/A-18F Super Hornet
Stock photo of a US Navy (USN) F/A-18F Super Hornet
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The Coast Guard says two jets collided off the North Carolina coast and four survivors have been taken to hospitals.

The USCG said two planes collided 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet around 10:30 a.m.

A Navy official said the four aviators aboard the F/A-18 Super Hornets are safe. They all ejected safely and have been pulled from the water.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says the four were plucked off a commercial fishing ship that pulled them out of the Atlantic Ocean and flown by Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

The incident is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.