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5th District Mid Atlantic Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

August 02, 2013


Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Email: d5de@uscg.mil

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VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues F-16 pilot after plane crash near Chincoteague, Va.

 

The Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot after his F-16C Falcon went down approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Va., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived on scene, hoisted the pilot and took him to Joint Base Andrews, Md.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot Friday after his plane went down approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague.

The rescue crew aboard the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was:

  • Lt. Cmdr. Steve Bonn - pilot
  • Lt. David Birky - co-pilot
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle - rescue swimmer
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Bergman - flight mechanic and hoist operator

Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders received notification via an automated Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking distress signal from an ejection seat registered to an Air National Guard plane at approximately 10:28 p.m. Thursday.

The Navy's Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach contacted Coast Guard watchstanders and confirmed two 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets were involved in a mid-air collision. One pilot ejected while the second Falcon flew back to Joint Base Andrews, Md.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle, a rescue swimmer, gets hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., Aug. 3, 2012. Crews conducted hoist training with cadets from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as part of their week-long summer visit to the air station. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill)

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle, a rescue swimmer, gets hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., Aug. 3, 2012. Crews conducted hoist training with cadets from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as part of their week-long summer visit to the air station. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill)

District watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Friday, the Jayhawk crew hoisted the pilot and transferred him to Joint Base Andrews.

The rescued Falcon pilot was in good condition, and the cause of the mishap is under investigation.

For more information, view a news release from the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard or contact 240-277-0490.

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