Two F/A-18s collided in midair over the sprawling Twentynine Palms, California, Marine training base on Feb. 28, according to military officials.
They both pilot managed to land safely after “experiencing a mid-air incident” over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, 1st Lt. Fredrick D. Walker, a spokesman for 3rd MAW, told Marine Corps Times. “No personnel were injured.”
The two Hornets involved in the accident are from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
A military safety brief noted that the accident occurred while the aircraft were conducting close-air support training. The Corps provided few details of the incident, and the extent of the damage to the two aircraft is unknown.
But the accident was listed as a Class A mishap, which is defined by the Navy as an accident where an aircraft is destroyed or sustains $2 million or more in damages.
It’s the second major aviation mishap for the Corps since the start of 2019.