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2015 Monck's Corner mid-air collision
F-16, similar to the accident aircraft.
Accident summary
Date July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07)
Summary Mid-air collision
Site Moncks Corner, South Carolina, United States
First aircraft
Type General Dynamics F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon
Operator United States Air Force
Registration 96-0085
Flight origin Shaw AFB
Destination Joint Base Charleston
Crew 1
Survivors 1 (all)
Second aircraft

Cessna 150M, similar to the accident aircraft
Type Cessna 150M
Registration N3601V
Flight origin Berkeley County Airport
Destination Myrtle Beach International Airport
Passengers 1
Crew 1
Fatalities 2 (all)

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.

Aircraft

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The first aircraft was a United States Air Force General Dynamics F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon,[1] serial number 96-0085.[2] It was based at Shaw AFB,[3] and was operated by the 20th Fighter Wing.[4]

Cessna 150M

The second aircraft was a Cessna 150M,[5] registration N3601V.[6]

Accident

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.[3] Witnesses state that the Cessna was climbing when the F-16 hit it broadside.[7] The aircraft were at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 feet.[1] 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.[8][9] Both aircraft crashed in Lewisfield Plantation.[3] Both occupants of the Cessna 150 were killed.[10] The body of the passenger has been located, but not that of the pilot/owner.[11][12] The pilot of the F-16 was on an instrument training mission. Its destination was Joint Base Charleston.[4] The Cessna was reported to be on a flight from Berkeley County Airport to Myrtle Beach.[7]

Investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the accident.[13] A preliminary report was published on July 18.[8] The Federal Aviation Administration has also opened an investigation.[7]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "F-16 collides with Cessna over South Carolina". f-16.net. http://www.f-16.net/f-16-news-article4965.html. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. "Airframe Details for F-16 #96-0085". f-16.net. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/4409/. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "F-16, Cessna collide over Berkeley County plantation". ABC News. http://www.abcnews4.com/story/29491593/plane-crash-reported-in-moncks-corner. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Botelho, Greg; Nottingham, Shawn. "F-16 jet, Cessna airplane collide over South Carolina". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/us/south-carolina-aircraft-incident/. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  5. "Aircraft Registration (N3601V)". https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N3601V. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  6. "FAA Accident and Incident Notification(s): Notice(s) Created 08-JUL-15". Federal Aviation Administration. http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/apex/f?p=100:96:::::P96_ENTRY_DATE,P96_FATAL_FLG:08-JUL-15,YES. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Pager, Tyler. "2 killed after F-16, Cessna collide over S.C.". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/07/f16-crash-south-carolina/29815069/. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "NTSB Identification: ERA15FA259A". National Transportation Safety Board. July 18, 2015. http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150707X22207&key=1&queryId=9fe64f04-a22b-4e4e-a509-b021bbcf042d. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  9. "Two Dead In F-16-Cessna Collision". AVweb. http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Two-Dead-In-F-16-Cessna-Collision-224398-1.html. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  10. Santos, Suzelle; Phillips, Patrick. "NTSB: 2 killed aboard Cessna in midair collision with F-16". Tucson News Now. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29491579/f-16-cessna-crash-in-sc-after-midair-collision. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  11. "Cessna 150, F-16 collision: Body of passenger found as search for pilot continues". CBC News. July 8, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cessna-150-f-16-collision-body-of-passenger-found-as-search-for-pilot-continues-1.3143521. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  12. "FAA Registry – Aircraft – N-Number Inquiry". Federal Aviation Administration. http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=3601V. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  13. "Shaw Air Force Base F-16 pilot taken to Joint Base Charleston". The State. http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article26651950.html. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 

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