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F-16, small plane collide, crash over South Carolina

An F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided Tuesday over South Carolina, raining down plane parts and debris, while the jet's pilot ejected safely.


July 7, 2015
By The Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the fighter jet collided with a two-seater Cessna about 17 kilometres north of Charleston.

The pilot was taken to Shaw Air Force Basefor observation, said Lt. Jenny Hyden, a base spokeswoman. She did not disclose his condition. No one else was on board the single-seat jet.

It was not immediately known how many people were on board the smaller plane or if any of them survived. It was not known if anyone was hurt on the ground.

A witness reported that the military plane broadsided the smaller Cessna, said Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury. He said debris was scattered over a wide, marshy area. | READ MORE