Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says Coast Guard crews were notified about 10:30 a.m. Thursday of the collision about 25 miles east of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
He says the four were plucked off a commercial fishing ship that pulled them out of the Atlantic Ocean and flown by Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
A Coast Guard spokesperson confirms the USCG is searching for the two downed aircraft.
BREAKING: 2 F/A-18s have crashed in Atlantic Ocean off Outer Banks. 4 people recovered and are being taken to hospital. Injuries unknown.— The Virginian-Pilot (@PilotNews) May 26, 2016
An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., took the four aviators to Norfolk Sentara General hospital.
The incident is under investigation.