Coast Guard rescues pilot after F-16's collide in air

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says it rescued an Air National Guard pilot from the ocean after his jet was involved in a midair collision and he ejected from his aircraft.

The Coast Guard says the F-16C Falcon pilot was rescued by helicopter around 12:30 a.m. Friday, approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore. He is in good condition.

The other pilot involved in the midair collision at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday was able to fly back to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Both jets were based in Washington, D.C.

The Coast Guard said it was alerted to the pilot's ejection by a distress signal from his ejection seat.


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