Navy Fighter Jets Crash in Persian Gulf
Monday January 7, 2008 7:16 PM
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two U.S. Navy fighter jets plunged into the Persian Gulf Monday, after what initial reports suggest was a mid-air collision, a defense official said.
All three pilots ejected safely from the planes and were headed back to the USS Harry Truman, the aircraft carrier they were operating from, according to the official, who requested anonymity because the information was preliminary and not yet released publicly. No other details or the crash were released.
One of the F-18 jets that crashed held two pilots, the other held just one.
The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. EST.
Let me reiterate - All three pilots ejected safely.