Navy pilot who ejected from F/A-18 upgraded to stable condition

The Navy fighter pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 Super Hornet off the coast of Virginia Beach two weeks ago has been transferred to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and upgraded to stable condition.

The aviator had been listed in critical condition since the Jan. 15 crash.

The single-seat Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 143 went down about 45 miles off the coast.

The pilot spent about 15 minutes in the frigid water before he was taken aboard a Navy helicopter and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The Super Hornet's "black box recorder" was recovered, and its contents will be analyzed before officials decide whether to retrieve the wreckage of the jet, which was based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach.

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