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