Officials: F-16, small plane collide in midair

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – 1:30 p.m.

An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety.

Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely.

Lt. Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base says the pilot was taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that collision happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston.

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

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1:20 p.m.

An Air Force official says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet has been taken to a base in South Carolina for observation.

Lt. Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base says the pilot was taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna around 11 a.m. Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston.

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

Shaw Air Force Base said in a statement that a team of investigators would look into the cause of the crash.

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12:30 p.m.

Federal officials say an F-16 fighter jet and a small plane have collided in midair in South Carolina.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna C150 around 11 a.m. The collision happened about 11 miles north of Charleston.

Col. Cindi King of the South Carolina Air National Guard says the F-16 involved in the crash did not belong to the Guard.

No other details were immediately available.

North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Bourbeau says the agency has sent a chief and a marine unit to assist Berkeley County with a reported plane crash, and will send other help as needed.

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12:20 p.m.

Federal officials say an F-16 fighter jet and a small plane have collided in midair in South Carolina.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday that the fighter jet collided with a Cessna C150 around 11 a.m. The collision happened about 11 miles north of Charleston.

No other details were immediately available.

North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Bourbeau says the agency has sent a chief and a marine unit to assist Berkeley County with a reported plane crash, and will send other help as needed.

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