Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash

Fighter Jets Collision
In this video frame grab provided by NewsOn6.com, the burning wreckage of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is seen in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, Kan., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. The pilot ejected and wasn't believed to be seriously injured, but was taken to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for evaluation, Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Guard said Monday. (AP Photo/NewsOn6.com)

ELK COUNTY, Kansas – Military personnel have converged at a southeast Kansas pasture where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet tumbled to the ground and burned after colliding with another F-16 during a training exercise.

One pilot ejected after the Monday afternoon crash about three miles northeast of the Elk County town of Moline. The Oklahoma Guard’s Col. Max Moss has said neither pilot was seriously injured.

“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 upmost faith in the investigatory process.”

Moss said one of the F-16s remained airborne and returned safely to its base in Tulsa. Moss said the pilot of the crashed plane was taken to McConnell Air Force Base hospital in Wichita for evaluation. He was treated for slight injuries and released.

“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.”

In this video frame grab provided by NewsOn6.com, the burning wreckage of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is seen in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, Kan., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. The pilot ejected and wasn't believed to be seriously injured, but was taken to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for evaluation, Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Guard said Monday. (AP Photo/NewsOn6.com)
In this video frame grab provided by NewsOn6.com, the burning wreckage of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is seen in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, Kan., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. The pilot ejected and wasn’t believed to be seriously injured, but was taken to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for evaluation, Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Guard said Monday. (AP Photo/NewsOn6.com)

 

 

 

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