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Pilots Survive F-16 Collision

January 8, 1998

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) _ A pair of Air Force F-16 fighters collided over the Utah Test and Training Range on Wednesday. Both pilots survived.

One landed his plane at a nearby airfield and the other ejected safely. Neither pilot was seriously injured.

The collision occurred about 1:30 p.m. during a training mission, said Capt. Dennis Mehring of Hill Air Force Base.

The plane of the pilot who ejected crashed on the training range, some 105 miles west of the air base.

Additional details and the pilots’ identities were not immediately released.

The Air Force was investigating.

The test range is a stretch of salt desert about the size of West Virginia located west of the Great Salt Lake.

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