Air Force Jet, Private Plane Collide Near Air Force Base
TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) _ An Air Force T-38 Talon jet collided with a private plane over the Tehachapi Mountains north of Los Angeles, killing all four people on both planes, authorities said.
The T-38 and a Cessna P-206 collided at 11:18 a.m. Friday about eight miles east of here and 140 miles north of Los Angeles, officials said.
No ground injuries were reported in the remote mountain area, although some wreckage fell onto an electricity-generating windmill farm.
The jet from Edwards Air Force Base was flying in support of an F-15 on a test mission, said Russell Park, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Los Angeles. He said the cause of the collision was undetermined.
The Cessna P-206 was owned by Pacific Aerographics of Santa Ana and may have been on a topographical mission for geological studies, Park said.
The military pilot was identified as Maj. Michael J. Keane, 33, of Mount Prospect, Ill., and his flight engineer was 1st Lt. Gregory Hoglan, 26, a native of University City, Mo., said Sgt. Darren Dirk.
The civilian victims’ names were not available.