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Marine Jets Collide Midair But Land Safely at SoCal Base

A military safety brief obtained by the Marine Corps Times notes the accident occurred while the aircraft were conducting close-air support training.

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    Marine Jets Collide Midair But Land Safely at SoCal Base
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    File Photo: Range 200 simulated Iraqi village, where US marines of the First Expeditionary Force (1MEF) are training at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, is seen on November 14, 2005 near Twentynine Palms, California. The marines have turned shipping containers into simulated Iraqi villages on Ranges 200 and 215 to train their fighters in an urban environment similar to that which they will be deployed to in Iraq. The Marines will be conducting Stability and Support Operations next year in Iraq with emphasis on training and mentoring Iraqi Security Forces. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    A U.S. military official says two Marine fighter jets collided in midair, but both pilots managed to land safely at a Southern California training base in Twentynine Palms last month.

    1st Lt. Frederick D. Walker says Tuesday that no injuries were reported in the collision of F/A-18 Hornets on Feb. 28 over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

    The jets involved are from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

    A military safety brief obtained by the Marine Corps Times notes the accident occurred while the aircraft were conducting close-air support training. Officials provided few details, and the extent of the damage to the two Hornets is unknown.

    Walker, a spokesman for the 3rd Aircraft Wing, says the incident is under investigation.

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