BREAKING | 3rd Crash This Month Leaves Two F-16s In Flames
No Details As To The Cause Yet.
On Tuesday night, June 7th, 2016, two National Guard F-16C Fighting Falcons crashed in Georgia. As part of a routine flight exercise, two pilots collided mid-air while 4 other jets in the exercise got out of harm’s way.
The F-16s were part of the South Carolina National Guard. According to Col.Nicholas Gentile Jr., commander of the 169th Fighter Wing, these advanced night exercises were quite routine and the pilots performed them regularly.
Luckily, both pilots managed to bail out after the collision. They’ve been recovered and sent to a nearby hospital for evaluation, but are expected to make a full recovery. The jets were completely destroyed after landing in an open field. No one on the ground was injured.
Brig. Gen. Roy McCarty, assistant adjutant general for South Carolina, immediately stated that a long and thorough investigation will be launched to find out exactly what happened. For now, flights are suspended until further notice.
This midair collision comes just a week after two jet crashes occurred on the same day. On June 2nd, a Thunderbird F-16 crashed during a ceremony, the pilot safely ejecting. For the full story click here.
Just a few hours later, a Blue Angels F/A-18 crashed shortly after take off, claiming the life of the pilot. Full story here.
Both crashes are still under investigation.