An Air National Guard pilot was rescued off the coast of Virginia early Friday morning after two F-16 Fighting Falcon jets were involved in a mid-air collision over the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said.
The two planes from the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard collided at about 11 p.m. local time on Thursday near Chincoteague, Va., according to a press release from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. One pilot ejected and the other flew his plane back to Andrews in Prince George's County, Md., according to the release.
The Coast Guard was alerted at about 11:50 p.m. when they received a distress signal from the pilot's ejector seat.
The rescued Falcon pilot was in “good condition” after being plucked from the water by rescuers aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, according to a Coast Guard news release.
Both pilots were taken to a medical facility at Andrews. One was released and one was taken to a medical facility for minor injuries, according to the release from Andrews.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
An F-16 Falcon costs $18.8 million, according to the U.S. Air Force website. There are more than 1,000 F-16s currently in service across U.S. forces.
First published August 2 2013, 6:37 AM