Military jet collides with Cessna; one confirmed dead

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SARASOTA, Fla. - An Air Force F-16 fighter jet collided with a small plane Thursday and crashed in flames. One person aboard the small plane was killed, while the military pilot parachuted to safety and walked to someone's house to use the phone.

Parts of the small plane, a Cessna, landed on a golf course. The wreckage of the military jet started a fire in the woods a few miles away.

No injuries were reported on the ground.

The accident took place about 20 miles from MacDill Air Force Base.

One person - believed to have been aboard the Cessna - was killed, said Larry Leinhauser, a spokesman for the Manatee County Department of Public Safety. The pilot of the military jet parachuted to safety on the golf course, he said.


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