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Aug 2, 2013 6:06 PM by NBC News

RAW VIDEO: U.S. Coast Guard plucks F16 pilot from waters off Virginia after ejecting from plane

(NBC News) An f16 pilot who ejected from his fighter jet after a midair collision was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard released video today showing the pilot being plucked from the water off the Virginia coastline by a helicopter rescue crew off the coastline Thursday.

The downed pilot was able to light a rescue flare so that he was more visible to the search and rescue crew.

Officials say the other pilot involved in the collision was able to fly back to Andrews, Maryland.

Officials say the rescued pilot is in good condition.

Both jets were from the 113th wing D.C. Air national guard and were on a routine training mission Thursday night when the collision happened.

Air National Guard officials say the cause of the midair collision is under investigation.

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