Pilots eject after F-16s crash in Georgia

Jets collide in mid-air while on night operations.

F-16 Fighter Plane- U.S. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson/Released)

LOUISVILLE, Georgia (WJBF) – The South Carolina Air National Guard say Two F-16 fighter jets crashed above a military operating area near Jefferson County, Georgia.

The South Carolina Air National Guard says both pilots of each of the single-seat aircraft ejected safely after a mid-air collision while performing routine night-flying operations.

Officials say a safety board has been activated and the U.S. Air Force will be conducting a detailed safety investigation

Jefferson County Fire Officials say the crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

One pilot was found immediately and a short search took place for the second pilot who was found just before 11:30 Tuesday night.

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