Two dead in mid-air plane crash in South Carolina

F-16 fighter jet and small plane crash in South Carolina, pilot of small plane and one passenger dead, further details of plane crash not yet clear

Photo by: Reuters video
Photo by: Reuters video

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot and one passenger on board of a small plane died in the plane crash on Tuesday while the identities of the two are not yet known.

A F-16 fighter jet crashed with a Cessna model small plane around 11am local time on Tuesday, about 18 km (11 miles) north of Charleston, South Carolina, said the Federal Aviation Administration statement.

Spokeswoman at US Air Force headquarters, Major Morshe Araujo, said to AP the F-16 took off from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and that the pilot of the jet landed safely to the ground.

Lieutenant Jenny Hyden, another spokeswoman at Shaw Air Force Base, said the military pilot was taken to the base for further observation, while she did not speak about his present state.

Most of the debris after the collision was found in a quaggy area, including a rice field, said officials during a press conference.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun a further investigation regarding the issue, told Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the NTSB.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the smaller plane was a Cessna 150, which is a two-seat plane and is still one of the most common single-engine planes in the US since 1959.

The F-16 has been involved in 359 accidents, causing over $2 million in damage and the death of 84 pilots since 1975.

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