We Just Lost Another Vintage Jet But At Least The Pilot Was Saved By Civilian

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We Just Lost Another Vintage Jet But At Least The Pilot Was Saved By Civilian | Frontline Videos

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On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, a pilot of a Hawker Hunter jet was forced to eject for unknown reasons while over Hawaii waters. He was taking part in the Sentry Aloha war games, a series of fighter exercises hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing.

A Hawker Hunter, much like the one which crashed in Hawaii. | Tim Felce / Public Domain

At about 2:30 p.m. P.S.T, the jet went down off the coast of Honolulu and was captured on camera by the many boaters who were watching the exercise. Many captured the aircraft as it was taking a nosedive into the water below, then seeing a small dot eject away from the aircraft and a parachute deploying.

Mack Lander, the boater who pulled the injured pilot out of the water. | CBS / YouTube

A nearby boater, Mack Lander, sailed over to where he saw the pilot hit the water and jumped in to check on him. Untangling him from his parachute, he asked him if he was alright and was told his back hurt from the decompression. Lander then pulled the pilot onto his boat.

The pilot was identified as Matt Pothier, 47. He is a civilian pilot who for unknown reasons right now was piloting the vintage jet aircraft and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Later in the day, the hospital released a statement saying he had non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash is now under investigation.

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