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.”