Two South Carolina Air National Guard operated F-16C fighter aircraft, piloted by trainees, have crashed following a midair collision near Jefferson County, Georgia.
The aircraft, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, collided during a training flight over a remote military operating area.
The trainee pilots safely ejected from the aircraft, which was involved in routine training for the unit’s air defence suppression mission, according to CNN.
CNN reported citing 169th Fighter Wing commander colonel Nicholas Gentile Jr that the remains of the aircraft were found on the ground and nobody on the ground was injured.
Authorities are expected to launch an investigation into the crash and the flight operations at the unit will be temporarily suspended.
South Carolina National Guard commander major general Robert Livingston Jr., was quoted by ABC News as saying that the unit is readying for a summertime deployment to the Pacific.
He also noted that the pilots are lieutenant colonels and senior instructors.
The collision follows a similar incident when a US Navy F/A-18 aircraft crashed during air show practice last week.
The jet, assigned to the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, crashed during takeoff.
The pilot of the jet died from injuries sustained during the crash.
The accident involving Blue Angels jet occurred hours after a US Air Force F-16 also crashed in Colorado after a flyover at the US Air Force Academy.