F-16 fighter jet crashes in South Carolina after colliding with civilian plane
An F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna C-150 plane have collided over Moncks Corner in South Carolina, killing two people aboard the smaller plane.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement Tuesday that the fighter jet collided with the Cessna at around 11am local time about 11 miles north of Charleston.
It is thought that the pilot of the F-16 ejected. The F-16 is reportedly part of the 55th Fighter Squadron (55 FS) of the US Air Force’s 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, in South Carolina.
A witness described seeing a “ball of fire in the air” near the Lewisfield Plantation.
The US Air Force has flown F-16s since the 1970s, though very few active duty squadrons still fly them.
Berkeley County Airport manager Stacy Thomas declined to comment on the plane crash, referring questions to the FAA.
An Air Force official said the pilot of the crashed F-16 has been taken to a base in South Carolina for observation.
Lt Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base did not disclose his condition.