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#4351 2009-10-16 08:55 GMT-5 hours    
Hi All -
I was wondering if anyone had more information regarding last night's collision of 2 F-16's during a night time training operation near South Carolina?
I understand one of the F-16's managed to land safely, but the other plane/pilot are missing.
Thank you for any other updates and/or information.

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#4352 2009-10-16 08:59 GMT-5 hours    
Here's more information from CNN as of 7:30am EST:
2 F-16s Collide Off SC Coast; 1 Missing
Searchers Looking For Pilot
Michael Bean, WYFF News 4 Producer
POSTED: 3:01 am EDT October 16, 2009
UPDATED: 7:28 am EDT October 16, 2009


NEAR CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Air Force says crews are searching for an F-16 fighter pilot off the coast of South Carolina after two jets collided Thursday night.
The jets were based out of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter.

Shaw AFB spokesman Robert Sexton said the two planes collided at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday about 40 miles off Folly Beach, near Charleston, during night training exercises.

Each plane was carrying one person.

Sexton said a fighter piloted by Cpt. Lee Bryant landed safely at Charleston Air Force Base, but the location of the other fighter piloted by Cpt. Nicholas Giglio is unknown.

Sexton said members of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and pilots from Charleston Air Force Base are currently searching for the missing pilot and the wreckage.

It is unclear at this point if Giglio was able to safely eject from his jet.

Bryant is being looked at by medical personnel. He has been interviewed about what happened but details of that conversation have not been released.

A board of officers is already getting together to review this incident and determine how to prevent it from happening in the future.

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#4353 2009-10-18 16:38 GMT-5 hours    
Here's a link to the Charlestown, SC news report: (not a good report)
http://www.wltx.com/video/default.aspx?aid=61460

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