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F-16 Pilot Survives S.Carolina Collision with Small Plane

Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 03:41 PM

A U.S. military fighter jet and a small plane collided over South Carolina on Tuesday, authorities said, and the military pilot ejected safely.

The collision involved an F-16 fighter aircraft and a Cessna C-150, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The agency said the crash occurred at around 11 a.m. north of Charleston.

The pilot of the military aircraft ejected safely and was taken for a health evaluation, according to a statement from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, where the F-16 was based.

"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of anyone aboard the civilian aircraft," Shaw Air Force Base said in a statement posted on Twitter.

No information was immediately available on the condition of the pilot of the Cessna, or whether any additional passengers were on board.

"From what I understand from a witness, the military plane struck the other, small aircraft broadside," Bill Salisbury, the Berkeley County coroner as well the chief of the volunteer rescue squad, said at a press conference.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash, which occurred in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

Debris from the small plane had been found scattered over a wide area, including in a rice field, local authorities said. There were no reports of injuries from any debris.

Linda Tyler, a resident of Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner, said she heard a loud "kaboom" in the morning. Later police vehicles blocked the entrance gate to her community, she said.

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A U.S. military fighter jet and a small plane collided over South Carolina on Tuesday, authorities said, and the military pilot ejected safely. The collision involved an F-16 fighter aircraft and a Cessna C-150, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The...
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