CHARLESTON, S.C. – Crews were searching the Atlantic Ocean early Friday for an F-16 fighter pilot off the coast of South Carolina after two jets collided mid-air during night training exercises.
The two planes collided Thursday around 8:30 p.m. about 40 miles off Folly Beach, near Charleston, Senior Master Sgt. Brad Fallin at Shaw Air Force Base said. Each plane was carrying one person.
One jet, piloted by Capt. Lee Bryant, landed safely at Charleston Air Force Base, Fallin said. But the location of the other plane and its pilot, Capt. Nicholas Giglio, was unknown, Fallin said.
The pilots' hometowns were not immediately available. It was also not immediately known how much damage the plane that landed had sustained.
The Coast Guard was searching the area with two helicopters and two surface vessels.
Earlier this week, Shaw Air Force Base announced that pilots would be conducting nighttime exercises to allow pilots to fly with night vision equipment and practice tactics critical to surviving in combat.