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F-16′s Collide Over Utah

January 7, 1998

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

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

Capt. Dennis Mehring of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base said the accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. MST while the fighters were performing a training intercept mission.

Both aircraft were attached to the 388th.

The pilot of one of the fighters ejected safely from his damaged aircraft, which crashed on the training range, some 105 miles west of the air base.

``It’s in the middle of god-awful nowhere,″ Mehring said.

The pilot of the second jet managed to land at Michaels Army Air Field at Dugway Proving Ground, about 50 miles to the south of the range.

The pilot who ejected was picked up by helicopter and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Mehring said his injuries did not appear serious. The other pilot apparently was not hurt.

Mehring could not immediately provide additional details of the accident or the identities of the pilots.

He said an Air Force accident board would be convened to investigate the incident.

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