Coast Guard, Navy Effort Rescue F-16 Pilot

MIAMI – An Air Force Reserve F-16 fighter jet crashed about 11:05 a.m. on Monday approximately 35 miles east of Marathon, Fla. The aircraft was from the 93rd Fighter Squadron.

The Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy immediately began a massive response after receiving the report.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, an HU-25 Falcon jet, a 33-foot special response boat from Coast Guard Station Marathon, the Cutters Pea Island and the Confidence. The Navy launched one of their HH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the Air Force launched two F-15’s. The Falcon jet deployed a life raft to the pilot in distress once they arrived on-scene.

At the time of the accident, the jet was flying a routine training mission. One pilot was aboard and ejected safely.

The pilot was rescued through a joint effort of the Coast Guard and Navy rescue helicopters. The identity of the pilot will be release by the Air Force and after the pilot returns home and next of kin have been notified.

He was reported in good condition.

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