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Pilots Unhurt as Navy Jet, Glider Collide in Flight

From a Times Staff Writer

A Navy A-7E jet collided with a civilian glider over northern San Diego County Sunday afternoon, but authorities said there were no injuries and the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

The jet and the glider met at 2:45 p.m. over Warner Springs, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA and the Navy will conduct separate investigations, officials said.

The two aircraft collided at 6,500 feet, a spokeswoman for Miramar Naval Air Station said. She said the jet pilot, Lt. Kevin Hutchinson, landed his plane at Miramar. Hutchinson, who was based at the Naval Air Station at Lemoore in Central California, was on a routine training run with a refueling stop scheduled at Miramar, the Navy said.

The unidentified glider pilot landed his craft safely at Warner Springs Airport.

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