Two Hornets collide - two pilots dead (associated press)



Tuesday September 12 10:34 AM ET
Bodies Recovered From Marine Crash

WASHINGTON (AP) - The bodies of two Marine Corps aviators were recovered in the wreckage of an F/A-18D Hornet jet fighter that collided Monday with another Hornet in the skies near Yuma, Ariz., the Marine Corps announced.

The identities of the pilot and the weapons system operator who were killed in the crash were being withheld until their relatives had been notified, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.

The other Hornet landed safely.

Neither plane was carrying live munitions, according to a statement distributed by Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon.

There was no early indication of what caused the collision, and an investigation was under way.

The Hornet that crashed at about 4:30 p.m. local (6:30 p.m. EDT) on the Barry M. Goldwater Range, east of Yuma, was from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 base at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.


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