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U.S. Jet Crashes Over South Korea

August 12, 1999

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Two U.S. Air Force F-16 jets collided and one crashed on a training mission over South Korea, U.S. military officials said. Neither pilot was injured.

One jet landed safely after the midair collision Wednesday, but the other crashed near the seaside military runway in Kunsan, 110 miles south of Seoul, said a news release from the U.S. 8th Fighter Wing, where the jets were based.

The pilot of the jet that crashed ejected safely before impact.

Bomb disposal experts cordoned off the crash site as they searched for a missing cluster bomb munition, the news release said. Two 500-pound bombs were recovered.

The jets collided while returning home from a live ordnance training mission. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

About 37,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, in which Washington led U.N. forces against communist North Korean forces.

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