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Military Jets Collide Mid-Air Over Ocean Off San Diego

One pilot was rescued from the ocean, the other landed safely at Naval Air Station North Island

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    While working on a military training mission, two marine jets collided mid-air over the Pacific Ocean. One pilot was rescued at sea while the other managed a safe landing. NBC 7’s Katia Lopez-Hodoyan reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    Two military jets based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar collided Wednesday over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California.

    One pilot was found in the ocean while the other landed safely at Naval Air Station North Island.

    The F/A-18 Hornets were participating in a training mission just before noon when the mid-air collision occurred, military officials told NBC 7. One pilot ejected over the water at the time of the collision.

    A distress call was received at 12:11 p.m. and the pilot was recovered by at 12:41 p.m. by crew members of USS Carl Vinson.

    Both pilots are being treated and were described as in stable condition by military officials.

    The single-seat jets are part of Third Marine Aircraft Wing.

    The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, military officials said.

    No other information was immediately available.

    NBC 7 Newschopper launched and headed to MCAS Miramar north of San Diego, where the jets were based.