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Two U.S. fighters jets collide and crash in Pacific Ocean

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A pilot is missing after two U.S. fighter jets collided and crashed into the west Pacific Ocean, the Navy said. A pilot is missing after two U.S. fighter jets collided and crashed into the west Pacific Ocean, the Navy said.
WAKE ISLAND -

A pilot is missing after two U.S. fighter jets collided and crashed into the west Pacific Ocean, the Navy said.

One pilot was rescued soon after the crash Thursday night about 250 miles west of Wake Island, approximately 2,300 miles west of Honolulu.

A search was underway for the the second pilot, the Navy said.

The rescued pilot was returned to USS Carl Vinson and was said to be in fair condition and receiving medical attention.

An HSD-15 with a San-Diego based helicopter squad at North Island rescued the pilot.

Both jets were assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 and assigned to the San Diego-based Carl Vinson. The jets, both F/A-18 Hornets, had not been recovered.

The public affairs officer for Navy Regional SW said the jets involved in the crash are based out of Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno.

The Navy said the aircraft carrier is on a security and stability mission in the Asia-Pacific region, NBC News reported.

The jets collided at 5:40 p.m. local time, or 10:40 p.m. PT, in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Guam.

Helping in the search are USS Bunker Hill, USS Gridley and helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in June as it prepared to make a late-night landing on the Carl Vinson off the Southern California coast. The pilot ejected safely.

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