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Wed, Mar 17, 2010

Navy Confirms F/A 18 Mid-Air Collision

Two Hornets Go "Bump" In The Night, One Plane Lost, Both Pilots Survive

The Navy has confirmed that two single seat, F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft were involved in a mid-air collision at approximately 2200 PDT March 15 while on a routine training mission flying in the Fallon Range Training Complex. Neither pilot was injured.

Both aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Seven (VFA 137) based at NAS Lemoore, CA.

One pilot safely landed his aircraft with reported damage at 2213 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon. The other aircraft crashed in a remote area east of NAS Fallon. The pilot ejected safely and was recovered near the crash site at 2320 by the NAS Fallon "Longhorns" Search and Rescue team, which flew a SH-60F Seahawk helicopter to the site. The pilot was transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation and has since been released.

The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

FMI: www.navy.mil

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