October 21, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two F-16s of the Oklahoma Air National Guard were involved in a midair collision during a training exercise in Kansas with one pilot safely ejecting.
USAF F-16C block 42 #89-2019 from the 125th FS has crashed at Moline, Kansas after colliding with another F-16 on October 20th, 2014. [SkyNews6 photo]
Military officials confirmed the collision took place around 14:20 Monday afternoon. One of the jets (F-16C Block 42E #89-2019
) crashed into a field, but the pilot was able to eject.
The other plane safely returned to its base in Tulsa, but reports state that it needed to be towed after exiting the active runway. "The tip of one of the jet’s wings had broken off and it had a 4-inch diameter hole in the fuselage," said Michael Atchison, chief of Tulsa Fire House 51.
The two aircraft were originally part of a four-ship training flight. The jets are assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing based at the airport.
The Kansas Highway patrol said the crash site is large and is west of Kansas Highway 99 and south of Harvest Road, near Moline.
Colonel Max Moss with the Oklahoma National Guard said neither pilot was seriously injured. He also stated that one of the F-16’s returned safely to its base in Tulsa while the second crashed and burned in a field in southern Kansas.
While the pilot of the crashed F-16 was taken to McConnell Air Force Base hospital in Wichita for evaluation, he is not believed to be seriously injured.