Columbus Air Force Base planes collide; crews okay

SHUQUALAK, Miss. (AP) - A Columbus Air Force base spokesman says two airplanes collided and crashed Wednesday during training flights over rural east Mississippi, but all on board parachuted to safety.

Second Lt. Craig Rasley, a base spokesman, says two T-6 Texan II primary trainers collided about 12:47 p.m. near the Columbus Air Force Base auxiliary airfield in Shuqualak.

That's about 10 miles from the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

Scott Boyd, publisher of the Macon Beacon weekly newspaper, told The Associated Press from the crash site that each plane was carrying one instructor and one student pilot.

Boyd said he had spoken to two of them and "they were fine." He said they had cuts and scrapes.

Boyd said the single-engine, propeller driven planes crashed in a thickly wooded area and there were no injuries on the ground.

Rasley said an Air Force investigation continues.