Oklahoma National Guard pilot ejects from jet, avoids serious injury

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Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16, Courtesy: Oklahoma National Guard

 

TULSA, Okla. – Two Oklahoma Air National Guard pilots escaped serious injury after a mid-air incident over Kansas.

The pilots were conducting an Air Combat Maneuvering training mission Monday afternoon when their F-16 jets collided in the skies over southern Kansas.

One of the pilots was forced to eject.  He was taken to a clinic in Wichita where he was treated and released.

The other pilot was not injured and flew his jet back to Tulsa where it landed safely.

“Our Airmen are our most valuable asset because they protect the United States from our adversaries,” said Col. David Burgy, commander of the 138th Fighter Wing.  “Fortunately both pilots are going to be alright and have been reunited with their families.”

The Air Force will conduct an investigation into the incident.

“The main thing is no one was hurt on the ground and our pilots weren’t seriously injured or killed,” said Col. Max Moss, an Oklahoma National Guard spokesman. “The Air Force will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and we have the utmost faith in the investigatory process.”

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