Two F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters crashed Thursday off the coast of North Carolina, defense officials told Fox News. The Coast Guard said four people were recovered and have been rushed to a hospital. A Navy official said the crews were rescued by a nearby civilian vessel. A Coast Guard helicopter was also on scene, about 20 to 30 miles off Cape Hatteras.

A Navy official told Reuters that initial reports point to some kind of an “in-flight mishap.” The jets were conducting a routine training mission. The Navy said it will conduct a “safety investigation.” A Pentagon official said that witnesses spotted four parachutes floating over the Atlantic Ocean. The injuries are not immediately known, but “all four are alert,” the Navy official said. READ MORE