F-16’s collide over southern Kansas skies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where two Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jets collided during a training exercise.

One pilot ejected after Monday’s crash about three miles northeast of the Elk County town of Moline. The Oklahoma National Guard said Tuesday that the pilot was taken to a clinic at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, where he was treated for slight injuries and released.

The other pilot wasn’t injured and landed his F-16 safely at a Tulsa base. Crews are assessing damage.

The Guard said more information would be released when the investigation is completed. The pilots are part of an F-16 unit that routinely trains in designated airspace over sparsely populated areas.

***Previous report***

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Two Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets flying a training exercise out of Tulsa collided in midair over southern Kansas, causing one of the pilots to eject from the aircraft.

Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss says neither pilot was seriously injured in the collision Monday afternoon southwest of Howard, Kansas.

Moss says the pilot of one jet was able to return to Tulsa International Airport and landed safely. That aircraft was met on the tarmac by several fire and rescue vehicles.

The jets are assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing based at the airport.

A Tulsa International Airport spokeswoman says all runways remained open and referred other questions to the National Guard.

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