Navy Pilots Safe after Mid-air Collision

Story Number: NNS100316-16Release Date: 3/16/2010 1:18:00 PM
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From Commander, Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. (NNS) -- Two single seat, F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, were involved in a mid-air collision at approximately 10 p.m. 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, Calif.

One pilot safely landed his aircraft with reported damage at 10:13 p.m. 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 11:20 p.m. 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.

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