Marine jets col­lide in midair off Cal­i­for­nia coast; both pi­lots safe

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

SAN DIEGO — One pi­lot ejected safely af­ter a Wed­nes­day midair col­li­sion be­tween two jets over wa­ter near Mi­ra­mar Marine Corps Air Sta­tion, while the se­cond avi­a­tor was able to land safely, Marine of­fi­cials said.

Search and res­cue teams re­ceived a may­day call at 12:11 p.m. PST and sailors from the air­craft car­rier Carl Vin­son re­cov­ered the un­named Marine pi­lot 30 min­utes later, ac­cord­ing to a Marine Corps news re­lease.

The Marines said that the pair of sin­gle-seat F/ A-18 Hor­nets as­signed to the 3rd Marine Air­craft Wing struck each other dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion near San Diego.

The se­cond un­named pi­lot landed safely.

Both pi­lots are in sta­ble con­di­tion and are in an undisclosed med­i­cal fa­cil­ity.

The cause of the crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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