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Accident report of Hill AFB mid-air collision released

February 3, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Air Force investigators determined that pilot error caused the collision of two F-16Cs Oct. 25, 2002, approximately 82 miles southwest of Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
One pilot died as a result of the crash. The other pilot ejected safely without injury. Both aircraft were destroyed on impact. The cost of the accident is estimated at more than $37 million.

According to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released today, investigators determined that primary cause of the collision was the failure of both pilots to properly coordinate their flight paths during a tactical turn.

The pilots were participating in a training mission when they collided with each other.