Pilot safe after F-16 jet crashes off Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. (AP
) -- An Air Force Reserve pilot safely ejected from his F-16 jet before it crashed into the waters off the Florida Keys during a training mission Monday, officials said.
The pilot, who was not immediately identified, was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard shortly after the fighter jet went down about 35 miles east of Marathon, said Lt. Col. Tom Davis, chief of public affairs at Homestead Air Reserve Base.
The crash was classified as a plane malfunction, but the exact cause was still being investigated, Davis said. Attempts were being made to recover as much of the plane as possible, Davis said.
The jet is one of 17 belonging to the 93rd Fighter Squadron at Homestead, a base located about 25 miles south of Miami.
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