Marine jets collide off San Diego; pilots safe

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Posted: Nov 09, 2016 4:53 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Marine fighter jets collided Wednesday over the Pacific off San Diego and both pilots were safe after one landed at a nearby base and the other ejected into the water, military officials said.

The single-seat F/A-18 Hornets collided during a training mission over the ocean.

One pilot was able to land safely at nearby Naval Air Station North Island. The other pilot ejected safely into the ocean and crews were in route to rescue him.

Marine Corps officials said they had no information on his condition or further details.

The jets belong to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The collision follows an Oct. 25 crash involving another F/A-18 Hornet in the California desert. The pilot in that crash ejected without injuries after the jet crashed near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, a sprawling base east of Los Angeles.

In July, another twin-engine Hornet went down during a training mission at the desert base, killing the pilot.