13 Sep 2014

US pilot missing in Western Pacific following crash

11:16 am on 13 September 2014

The US Navy is continuing to search for a missing pilot, after two of its jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean.

A spokesman says the F/A-18C Hornets were operating off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson when they came down.

The navy says one pilot was rescued and is receiving medical attention aboard the ship.

A search effort is underway to find the second.

The two jets, which cost $57m US dollars each, have not been recovered.

The crash occurred about 466 kilometers west of Wake Island, which is 3,700 kilometers west of Honolulu.