Jet Fighter Crashes Off Oregon; Two in Hospital

Associated Press

An Oregon Air National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter crashed Tuesday on a training mission about 30 miles off Tillamook Bay, and both crew members were plucked from the ocean after parachuting safely, authorities said.

The plane’s pilot, 2nd Lt. Mike Markstaller, 24, of Portland, was picked up shortly before noon. He was hospitalized in serious condition suffering from hypothermia. The weapons systems officer, 1st Lt. Mark A. Baker, 30, of Beaverton, was picked up at 1:45 p.m. He was listed in critical condition, also suffering from hypothermia.