MONCKS CORNER, SC (WLNS/AP)– The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed to the Associated Press that two people were killed when their Cessna C150 collided with an F-16 Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at approximately 11:03 a.m. near Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner, about 11 miles north of Charleston.
A source tells our sister station WCBD he saw two planes collide mid-air, followed by a huge explosion, describing it as a “ball of fire in the air.”
Witnesses say plane parts then began raining down on them. What appears to be an engine from an aircraft came to rest against a motor home. Debris is also scattered over a rice field at Lewisfield Plantation.
A spokesperson for the Air Force says the fighter jet originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Officials confirm the pilot is Air Force Major Aaron Johnson. Air Force representatives say he safely ejected from the aircraft and has been taken to the base for observation.
Authorities tell WCBD the military aircraft struck the side of the smaller aircraft. They have not identified the Cessna plane or its passengers.
The investigation will be turned over to the United States Air Force.