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USAF: F-16 Pilot In Midair Collision Lacked Sleep

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An Air Force investigative report says the pilot whose F-16 collided with another in midair and caused it to crash off the coast of Virginia needed more sleep and was overconfident.
    
When the August collision occurred, the pilots involved in it were participating in night, air-intercept training. The jets were from the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard.
    
The accident report released by Air Combat Command on Wednesday says the pilot who caused the collision safely returned to base. The other pilot ejected and was rescued by the Coast Guard, although his legs were injured.
    
The report says the pilot who caused the collision needed about 10 more hours of sleep than he had when the crash occurred. It says he had trouble balancing his military and civilian job responsibilities.

 

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