ECHOLS CO., GA (WALB) - Efforts to recover the F-18 fighter jet that crashed along highway 94 East of Statenville got underway Monday.
Monday morning, a safety investigation team from the jet's home base at Beaufort Marine Corps. Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina began surveying the area where the jet was believed to have crashed just before 3 p.m. Sunday.
The jet was taking part in a training exercise when it crashed. The investigation team was trying to find the best way to access the heavily forested area around the suspected crash site in order to find and retrieve the wreckage.
"They will basically cordon off the site and continue an investigation today. It could take multiple days before they actually extract some of the aircraft from the area," explained 2nd Lt. Brianca Williams, with the Moody Air Force Base Public Affairs Office.
Moody Air Force Base personnel initially responded to the crash on Sunday because they were the closest military base. Moody personnel were assisting the investigation team Monday.
Both pilots in the jet were able to safely eject and were not seriously hurt but were taken to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta for treatment after the crash Sunday. They were expected to be released Monday and return to their base.