1994 air crash force jet

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Sixteen people were killed and 82 injured Wednesday when an Air Force fighter jet collided with a military cargo plane above Pope Air Force Base here and debris from the wreckage careened into a transport plane on the ground.

Air Force officials said the two pilots aboard the F-16D fighter jet ejected safely, and the C-130 cargo plane was able to land safely with five crew members aboard. But the remains of the unmanned fighter skidded into a staging area where paratroopers were preparing for exercises and ignited the fuel tanks of a C-141 transport.

It was not immediately clear what caused the midair collision, which was one of the worst military air accidents in recent years. The Air Force said it was convening a special board to investigate.