Coronado, CA -- A trainer jet ended up in San Diego Bay Friday afternoon after it went off a runway at North Island Naval Air Station, Navy officials said.
The pilot safely ejected from the plane and was picked up by local boaters, according to a Navy. The pilot was being evaluated at the Balboa Naval Hospital, the Navy statement said.
The airplane, a white jet with a red nose and tail , came to rest in shallow water a short way off the north shore of North Island. It is a T-45C Goshawk jet assigned to Training Squadron NINE (VT-9), stationed in Meridian Miss., Lt. Reagan Lauritzen said.
The pilot was on a routine training flight in preparation for qualifying to land on aircraft carriers, the Navy said. The plane was attempting to land when it ran off the end of runway 29 at about 2 p.m., Lauritzen told FOX 5.
The T-45 Goshawk is a two-seat trainer manufactured by Boeing and BAE Systems, according to the website Naval-Technology.com.