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Pilot injured in jet collision released from McConnell Air Force Base clinic

An F-16 fighter jet crashed Monday in Elk County after a midair collision with another fighter jet. (Oct. 20, 2014)
An F-16 fighter jet crashed Monday in Elk County after a midair collision with another fighter jet. (Oct. 20, 2014) Courtesy of Dakota Chamberlain

The pilot of a fighter jet that crashed following a midair collision this week in southeast Kansas has been released from McConnell Air Force Base’s medical clinic after being treated for minor injuries.

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons were conducting a training mission in designated airspace when they collided at around 2:20 p.m. Monday over Elk County, according to a statement released by McConnell. One of the pilots was able to fly back to the 138th Fighter Wing’s base in Tulsa, but the other jet crashed.

The injured pilot ejected before the plane crashed on the ground, officials have said.

The Air Force will conduct a investigation to determine the cause of the collision, said Col. David Burgy, commander of the 138th Fighter Wing.

McConnell representatives are working with the Oklahoma Air National Guard and local authorities at the scene of the crash about three miles north of Moline.

Because of safety concerns, residents of Elk County who find possible aircraft fragments are asked to contact the McConnell AFB Flight Safety Office at 316-640-1143.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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