F-16 Crashes Off the Coast of Atlantic City

A T L A N T I C   C I T Y, N.J. , Aug. 31, 2000 -- An F-16 Air Force jet on a training flight crashed into the ocean today about a mile and half off the New Jersey coast.

The pilot, who ejected from the aircraft before it crashed about 1.5 miles off the coast, was rescued by a New Jersey State Police boat and taken to a nearby hospital, said Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The pilot reported a problem with the oil pressure just before the engine failed about 3:40 p.m. and the jet went down, said Ray Martyniuk, another spokesman for the department.

The pilot was on a routine training flight for the 177th Fighter Wing.

Harbison said three other planes that were flying in formation with the downed fighter returned to their base at Atlantic City International Airport without problems.

Not the First

It was the third U.S. crash this month involving an F-16.

On Monday, an Air Force reservist on a training mission was killed when his F-16 crashed in a Texas field. Another F-16 crashed Aug. 7 in the Nevada desert after apparently clipping another jet during a training exercise. That pilot ejected safely, and the other plane was able to land.