Two U.S. Navy fighter jets collided Thursday over the Mediterranean during routine operations, and one crewman died after ejecting from a jet that crashed after the collision.
After the two F-14 Tomcats collided, one of them made it safely back to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. But the other crashed while flying to Antalya, Turkey, for an emergency landing, said Lt. Greg Geisen, a spokesman for the Navy's public affairs office in Gaeta, Italy.The two crew members in the plane that crashed ejected, Geisen said. When a rescue helicopter located the pair, one aviator was unconscious and the other had a serious leg injury.
The unconscious aviator was flown back to the Eisenhower, where medical staff declared him dead.