MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Two Marine Corps pilots escaped serious injury Wednesday when their jet fighters collided in the air during training maneuvers off the coast of San Diego.
The single-seat F/A-18 Hornets struck each other over the ocean about 11:45 a.m., according to public affairs officials at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where the aircraft are stationed as part of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing.
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One of the pilots was able to remain airborne and made a safe landing at Naval Air Station North Island. The other safely ejected.
Personnel from the USS Carl Vinson rescued the second flier shortly after 12:30 p.m., officials said.
Both pilots were taken to medical facilities, where they were admitted in stable condition for observation.
The cause of the collision was under investigation.