2 USAF F-16 jets collide pilots OK

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  1. Pathfinder

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    F-16 jets collide over Georgia; pilots OK
    Two South Carolina Air National Guard fighter jets involved in training ahead of an upcoming deployment collided Tuesday night over rural Georgia, forcing both pilots to eject safely, according to a unit commander.

    The F-16C jets crashed in a heavily wooded area of Jefferson County, Georgia, according to Col. Nicholas Gentile Jr., commander of the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Columbia, South Carolina.

    F-16C jets similar to this one assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing collided Tuesday night.
    The pilots ejected and were taken to a Georgia hospital for evaluation before returning to South Carolina, Gentile said.
    Authorities have located the bulk of the wreckage and do not believe anyone on the ground was injured, Gentile said. He said anyone who finds additional pieces of wreckage should not touch them for safety reasons but instead call police or the National Guard.
    Gentile declined to discuss what led to the collision but said it occurred during routine training for the unit's air defense suppression mission.

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    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/08/politics/f-16-collision-georgia/

    Too many accidents lately.
     
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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    The most important thing is that the pilots are OK. Machines are easily replaceable,but pilots losing their lives aren't.
     
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