Two Marine Corps planes collide mid-air off San Diego coast, both pilots unharmed

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two Marine Corps pilots escaped injury Wednesday when their fighter-attack jets collided during a training mission off the coast of San Diego.

The single-seat F/A-18 Hornets struck each other over the ocean about 11:45 a.m., according to public-affairs officials at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where the aircraft are stationed as part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing.

One of the pilots safely ejected from the aircraft. Search and rescue (SAR) assets received a distress call at approximately 12:11 p.m. and recovered the pilot that ejected at approximately 12:41 p.m. 

The pilot was recovered by SAR assets from the USS Vincent. The other pilot landed safely at Naval Air Station North Island, California. Both pilots are in stable condition and have been taken to medical facilities for observation.

The cause of the mid-air collision was under investigation.

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