MONCKS CORNER, SC – WCBD, WJBF News Channel 6’s sister station in Charleston, has confirmed with Berkeley County spokesperson Michael Mule that at approximately 11:03am on Tuesday, July 7, there was a plane crash near Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner. Berkeley County officials have confirmed that the pilot of the military aircraft (F-16) ejected safely and has been transported by Berkeley County EMS to the hospital.
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.
The investigation will be turned over to the United States Air Force. Officials have not identified the Cessna plane. Authorities say the military aircraft struck the side of the smaller aircraft.
It was not immediately known how many people were on board the smaller plane or if any of them survived.
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Shaw Air Force Base has confirmed that one of their F-16’s was involved in the crash and the pilot is accounted for.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest details as they become available.