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Two Military Jets Crash Over Michigan; One Pilot Dies, One Survives

March 3, 1992

ELKTON, Mich. (AP) _ Two military fighter planes crashed during a training flight Tuesday, killing one pilot while the other parachuted to safety, officials said.

Debris scattered over about a six-mile area, according to broadcast reports. No injuries were reported on the ground, said Huron County Sheriff’s dispatcher Dave Blashill, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The F-16 jets were from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens and were on a routine training flight, base spokeswoman Alice Errington said.

One pilot survived the late afternoon crash, ejecting and parachuting to the ground, said Petty Officer Sharon Machon of the U.S. Coast Guard. The pilot ran to a farmhouse and called police, Machon said.

The second pilot’s body was discovered near the crash site, Blashill said.

Marge Baker said her husband, Kenneth, was reading the newspaper when the crash happened about a half-mile from their home.

″I just heard him yell to call the sheriff, he said a plane was crashing,″ Mrs. Baker said. ″It was pieces all over.″ She said debris was scattered throughout her yard.

Elkton is about 100 miles north of Detroit.

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