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2 Fighter Jets Collide; All 3 Aboard Survive

September 17, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Two Air National Guard fighter jets on routine training flights collided off the coast of New Jersey. The pilot of one F-16 managed to land safely while the Coast Guard rescued the two pilots of the other plane from the ocean, officials said. The crash occurred about 30 miles southeast of Atlantic City, said Maj. Roger Pharo with the Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. One pilot was able to fly his severely damaged one-seat F-16 to the Fighter Wing at Atlantic City International Airport, Pharo said. He did not know if the pilot was injured.

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