AIS was used by the Coast Guard in the rescue attempt yesterday after two F-15C’s collided over the Gulf of Mexico today. This pilot was recovered, but unfortunately did not survive.
Capt. Jim McPherson of the Coast Guard told CNN the crew of a Coast Guard aircraft on a training mission spotted a parachute dropping into the Gulf Wednesday afternoon.
The crew used radar and an automated identification system to detect a fishing boat in the area and directed that boat to the area where the parachute landed.