Originally created 01/09/98

Two F-16s collide over Utah; pilots survive



HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- A pair of Air Force F-16 fighters collided over the Utah Test and Training Range on Wednesday. Both pilots survived.

Capt. Scott Hufford landed his plane at a nearby airfield and Capt. Paul Hertzberg ejected safely. Neither pilot was seriously injured.

The collision occurred about 1:30 p.m. during a training mission, said Capt. Dennis Mehring of Hill Air Force Base.

Hertzberg's plane crashed on the training range, some 105 miles west of the air base.

The Air Force was investigating.

The test range is a stretch of salt desert about the size of West Virginia located west of the Great Salt Lake.