From: Reuters
Published February 20, 2008 06:09 PM

Two F-15s collide in midair near Florida coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter planes collided in midair on Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida, during a training mission, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered one pilot and a second was reported missing after the one-seat F-15C Eagles crashed at 4:21 p.m. EST (2121 GMT) about 50 miles south of Tyndall Air Force Base.

The recovered pilot's condition was not immediately known.

The planes were from the Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing based at Eglin Air Force Base, near Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

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