Coast Guard's Remarkable Rescue of Navy Pilots

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On Thursday, April 1st, a Navy training plane crashed, landing in the Gulf of Mexico in close proximity to Corpus Christi, Texas. Coast Guard officials quickly sprang into action and sent out a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a HU-25 Falcon airplane to rescue the two pilots.

On Thursday, May 1st, a U.S. Navy training plane crash landed in the Gulf of Mexico in close proximity to Corpus Christi, Texas. Two Navy pilots were onboard the two seater plane called the T-34C Turbomentor.

They had reportedly been taking part in a routine training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico when the plane unexpectedly went down about 2 miles off the coast.

The downed aircraft was reported shortly before 10:30 in the morning. U.S. Coast Guard officials quickly sprang into action and sent out a Dolphin helicopter and a HU-25 Falcon airplane to help.

The fast efforts paid off. Both pilots survived the ordeal. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Weaver commented “Fortunately, we were able to get on-scene quickly and get the pilots out of the water. It’s easy to become hypothermic with the water temperatures still as cold as they are… I'm glad we were able to be there for them.”

Both pilots were reportedly uninjured and are said to be in stable condition. The cause of the crash has not been released, but an investigation was launched immediately to determine what went wrong.