Two Killed In Mid-Air Collision Between Fighter Jet & Cessna

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UPDATE: News 3 has learned two people aboard the small plane involved in the mid-air collision with a fighter jet have died.  The pilot of the F-16 ejected safely, according to an Air Force spokesperson.

UPDATE: Sources tell our news partner WCBD that two crews have found the pilot of the F-16 and have transported him to the hospital.  No word on his condition.

Shaw Air Force base tweeted out that an AFB F-16 fighting falcon crashed near Joint Base Charleston at 11:30am and the pilot is accounted for and a team of investigators will convene to determine the cause of the accident.

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An Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna private plane collided on Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Defense officials told NBC News that reports indicate the military pilot safely ejected from the F-16 before it crashed.

The status of the Cessna or anyone aboard was not immediately known.

Michael Mule, a spokesman with the Berkeley County Sherriff’s Office, told NBC affiliate WCBD the plane crash happened at Lewis Field Plantation in Moncks Corner.

A witness told the station that he saw two planes collide in the air and saw a huge explosion, describing it as a “ball of fire in the air.”

Boats and Helicopters are searching the area for a pilot of the F16 and possible survivors from the Cessna.

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