Fighter jet crashes in South Carolina after colliding with civilian plane

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)
An F-16 Fighting Falcon has crashed near Charleston, South Carolina, after colliding with a civilian plane identified as a Cessna C-150.

A photo of the wreckage identifies the F-16 as part of the 55th Fighter Squadron (55 FS), part of the US Air Force’s 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Rescue crews have located the Air Force pilot, who is on the way to a hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced the two civilians aboard the Cessna were killed in the crash.

Witnesses reported an “explosion in the sky” above Highway 52 near Cooper River, in Berkeley County. The F-16’s pilot ejected safely, according to WCSC's Bill Walsh, but debris from the plane is strewn on the ground near Lewisfield Plantation.

Local firefighters and first responders are on the scene and looking for the wreckage of the civilian plane, with a helicopter searching the nearby Tailrace Canal. It is unknown how many people were on board the Cessna, or whether they survived.

2015-07-07 11:17 EDT | SC | MONCKS CORNER |**AIRCRAFT CRASH**| COOPER RIVER | IN THE AREA OF LEWISFIELD PLANTATION| REPORTED AS A "PLANE COLLISION" MULTIPLE RESOURCES ENROUTE | SC-01 | MapPosted by SConFire.com on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SC Air National Guard says none of its planes are believed to be involved in the air accident.

The crash site is about 30 miles north of Charleston.

The crash site of the F-16 and Cessna planes (Google Maps)