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Military Jets Collide in Arizona

January 18, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Two military fighter jets collided and crashed in the southern Arizona desert Thursday, the Air Force said.

One of the two pilots was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on the fate of the second pilot.

The single-seat A-10 jets from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson were on a training mission and crashed about 25 miles east of Douglas, base officials said.

The military did not provide immediate word on the pilots, who were assigned to the 355th Wing. A nurse at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center said one pilot was being evaluated at the hospital and appeared to be stable.

The A-10, used in close air support of ground forces, gained fame during the Gulf War for attacks on Iraqi tanks.

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