2 National Guard jets crash in Jefferson Co.

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UPDATE:

11:00 a.m. — The wreckage of one crashed Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet has been found in the woods on the Bulldog Military Operations Area in Jefferson county Georgia. One jet is still missing.

The two jets reportedly hit each other midair while on a routine night training mission.

8:56 a.m. —  The South Carolina Air National Guard is warning people in or traveling to the Jefferson County area to avoid touching crash wreckage if they happen to find it.

8:45 a.m. — The commander of a South Carolina National Guard base says two F-16 fighter jet pilots involved in a midair collision over Georgia are two of the most experienced flyers in the unit.

Col. Nicholas Gentile says he cannot yet release the names of the pilots, who ejected safety following the collision over a remote bombing range in Jefferson County, Georgia, on Tuesday night.

He says both pilots have returned to South Carolina and are being debriefed as part of the investigation of the crash.

7:35 a.m. — South Carolina National Guard officers are heading to Georgia to investigate the midair collision of two F-16 fighter jets.

Col. Cindi King says five airmen from Robins Air Force Base and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are already at a command center set up to find the crash wreckage.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga — The South Carolina Air National Guard says two fighter jets crashed into each other and went down in rural Georgia late Tuesday night.

A statement on Facebook says the two F-16 jets were “performing routine night-flying operations” when they collided.

The two pilots ejected safely and are being treated for minor injuries. There are no reports of injuries on the ground.

Local first responders are searching for the two separate wreckage sites.This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.

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