Fri, Oct 16, 2009
One Jet Landed Safely, Wreckage Found Near Collision Site
ANN Realtime Update
10.16.2009 1713: The Associated Press is reporting
that Coast Guard searchers have found wreckage they believe is from
the U.S. Air Force F-16 which went down following a mid-air
collision Thursday night.
"The Coast Guard has found some debris in the ocean that is
apparently from our missing F-16," Robert Sexton, chief of public
affairs at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., said during a
telephone interview with American Forces Press Service. Shaw Air
Force Base is the home of the 20th Fighter Wing, to which the jets
Original Story: Two U.S. Air Force F-16's
reportedly collided over the Atlantic Ocean during a nighttime
training mission about 40 miles off the coast of South Carolina
about 2030 Thursday night.
One of the aircraft was able to land safely Charleston Air Force
Base. The Associated Press reports that search crews have spotted
wreckage and an oil sheen in the water near where the accident
occurred. The sheen is said to be consistant with jet fuel.
Capt. Michael McAllister of the Coast Guard in Charleston said
Friday that the search area is now about 1,300 square miles. The
pilot of the second aircraft, Capt. Nicholas Giglio of Shaw Air
Force Base in Sumter, is still missing.
McAllister reports that no ELT signal has been detected from
either Giglio or his ejection seat.
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