The Latest: 2 National Guard pilots eject after collision
MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on the crash of two South Carolina Air National Guard fighter jets in Georgia (all times local):
Officials from the South Carolina National Guard are heading to Georgia to investigate the apparent midair collision of two F-16 fighter jets.
Col. Cindi King says the planes appear to have both crashed in remote areas of Jefferson County, Georgia, late Tuesday.
McEntire Joint National Guard Base commander Col. Nicholas Gentile (Jen-TIL-ee) was heading to the crash scene Wednesday morning.
King could not immediately say whether the pilots have been released from medical care. But she says both pilots were well enough to eject safely and to contact National Guard officials in South Carolina to say they were okay.
The crash site is known as the Townsend Bombing Range and is where South Carolina Air National Guard fighter jets routinely train for their electronic warfare and bombing missions.
The South Carolina Air National Guard says two F-16 fighter jet pilots ejected safely after a midair collision over eastern Georgia.
A news release from the Air National Guard says the collision happened Tuesday night around 9:15 p.m. during routine night-flying operations over a military operating area in Jefferson County, Georgia.
The jets were assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing.
The Air National Guard says local first responders were securing the area. There have been no reports of injuries on the ground.
The Air Force will conduct a safety investigation of the incident.
The collision comes after both of the military’s precision flying teams suffered crashes last week. A Blue Angels F/A-18 crashed last Thursday in Tennessee while taking off for a practice session, killing the pilot. On the same day, a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed in Colorado but the pilot ejected safely.
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