SC Air National Guard Resumes Flights following Midair Crash

F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon

MCENTIRE JOIN NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. — The South Carolina Air National Guard has resumed flight operations less than a week after two pilots survived a midair collision in Georgia.

Flying was temporarily halted after two F-16 jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard crashed Tuesday night at a rural bombing rage in Louisville, Georgia. The pilots were in good shape after the crash at the Bulldog Military Operations Area while on a training mission.

Col. Nicholas Gentile is commander of the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. He said in a news release Saturday that the wing's pilots and maintenance crews will resume training for an upcoming deployment to the Pacific Area Forces area of responsibility.

A U.S. Air Force Safety Investigation Board is convening to determine the cause of the crash.

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