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Coast Guard rescues F-16 pilot after plane crash

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot Friday after his plane went down approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague.

Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders received notification via an automated Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking distress signal from an ejection seat registered to an Air National Guard plane at approximately 10:28 p.m. Thursday.

The Navy’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach contacted Coast Guard watchstanders and confirmed two 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets were involved in a mid-air collision. One pilot ejected while the second Falcon flew back to Joint Base Andrews, Md.

District watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Friday, the Jayhawk crew hoisted the pilot and transferred him to Joint Base Andrews.

The rescued Falcon pilot was in good condition, and the cause of the mishap is under investigation.

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    December 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Thank you Coast Guard nice having you around happy new year 

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    Sérgio Paulo Portela Rosa
    December 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Great Job in fact. Regards from Portugal

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    December 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Well, there's another 30 million dollars in the drink. Wait till the F-35 Joint Fighter starts crashing. That'll be 135 million dollars in one fell swoop.

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