F-16, similar to the accident aircraft.
|Date||July 7, 2015|
|Site||Moncks Corner, South Carolina, United States|
|Type||General Dynamics F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon|
|Operator||United States Air Force|
|Flight origin||Shaw AFB|
|Destination||Joint Base Charleston|
Cessna 150M, similar to the accident aircraft
|Flight origin||Berkeley County Airport|
|Destination||Myrtle Beach International Airport|
The 2015 Moncks Corner mid-air collision occurred on July 7, 2015, when a General Dynamics F-16CJ Fighting Falcon collided with a Cessna 150M over Moncks Corner, South Carolina, United States. Both occupants of the Cessna were killed; the pilot of the F-16 ejected safely.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
The first aircraft was a United States Air Force General Dynamics F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon, serial number 96-0085. It was based at Shaw AFB, and was operated by the 20th Fighter Wing.
At about 11:00 AM on July 7, 2015, the F-16 and Cessna 150 collided over Moncks Corner, South Carolina, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Charleston. Witnesses state that the Cessna was climbing when the F-16 hit it broadside. The aircraft were at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Air Traffic Control at Myrtle Beach International Airport had advised the pilot of the F-16 of the presence of the Cessna. The F-16 flew for a further three minutes before the pilot transmitted a mayday call. He then ejected safely. Both aircraft crashed in Lewisfield Plantation. Both occupants of the Cessna 150 were killed. The body of the passenger has been located, but not that of the pilot/owner. The pilot of the F-16 was on an instrument training mission. Its destination was Joint Base Charleston. The Cessna was reported to be on a flight from Berkeley County Airport to Myrtle Beach.
The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the accident. A preliminary report was published on July 18. The Federal Aviation Administration has also opened an investigation.
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