Federal officials have confirmed that an F-16 fighter jet collided with a small plane while in midair in rural South Carolina, killing the two people in the smaller plane.
The Berkeley County coroner has identified the two deceased as Mike and Joe Johnson, a father and son. Joe, 30, was piloting the small plane with Mike, 68, as his passenger, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.
The Air Force has said that the pilot of the military jet ejected to safety.
BREAKING: Air Force official says pilot of F-16 that collided with small plane ejected to safety.hyphen; The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement saying that the military jet crashed into a Cessna C150 at about 11 am on Tuesday.
The accident occurred about 11 miles north of Charleston.
North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca Bourbeau told the AP that 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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