VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Navy instructor pilot died after ejecting
from a jet trainer that crashed at the Oceana Naval Air Station. The plane's
other pilot, an Indiana native, was in good condition Sunday at a hospital.
Lt. Mark Sharp, 32, of Portland, Ore., died at 6:14 p.m. Saturday at
Virginia Beach General Hospital, said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Wensing.
First Lt. Carl Hogsett, 26, a Marine from Fort Wayne, Ind., was recovering
at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Wensing said. A hospital spokesman said he could
not give out information on the nature of Hogsett's injuries.
Sharp and Hogsett's T-2 "Buckeye" plane crashed at 1:55 p.m. Saturday,
shortly after takeoff, into a wooded area several hundred yards beyond the end
of a runway. Both pilots ejected just before the crash.
Sharp was unconscious when rescue workers arrived and never regained
consciousness. One rescue worker said he had compound fractures and a serious
The pilots were assigned to Training Squadron 19, based at Meridian Naval
Air Station in Mississippi, and had been training this week on the East Coast.
Wensing said Sharp and Hogsett were taking off for a cross-country training
The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.