VIRGINIA BEACH -- An F/A-18E single-seat hornet pilot was recovered safely after ejecting from his aircraft during a training mission off the Virginia Beach coast Wednesday.

The pilot was recovered by a fishing vessel, officials said. The pilot was conscious when he was recovered.

The jet is part of Oceana-based VFA-143 squadron attached to Carrier Air Wing 7.

The USCG says they were called around 2:30 p.m. to look for Navy aircraft debris about 45 miles from Virginia Beach.

USCG Cutter Albacore and Elm were heading to the scene, officials said.

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