Wed, Feb 20, 2008
Second Pilot In Good Condition
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 02.08.08 2300
EST: Sadly, US Air Force officials have just
disclosed one of the two pilots involved in the midair
collision of two F-15C fighters over the Gulf of Mexico this
afternoon has died of his injuries.
The second pilot is in good condition, according to The
Associated Press. Both reportedly ejected after their aircraft
collided for as-yet unknown reasons during a training exercise
south of Tyndall AFB, in clear skies.
The names of both pilots have not been released.
1845 EST: US Air Force search and rescue teams
worked with US Coast Guard crews to locate two pilots missing in
the Gulf of Mexico, after their F-15C Eagles collided during a
training exercise Wednesday afternoon.
Officials say both pilots have been rescued, although their
conditions are unknown at this time.
The accident occurred at around 1500 EST Wednesday,
approximately 50 miles south of Tyndall AFB. The Associated Press
reports the fighters (type shown above) were part of the 33rd
Fighter Wing, based at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso,
Eglin AFB spokeswoman Lois Walsh said she was unable to comment
on the extent of the pilots' injuries, if any.
A variety of Coast Guard aircraft and ships were deployed from
Florida and neighboring states to assist in the search.
The accident occurred on what was described as a routine
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