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F-16 Involved In Mid-Air Collision

MILITARY JET COLLIDES WITH SMALLER AIRCRAFT OVER SOUTH CAROLINA’S SKIES … (UPDATED COVERAGE: HERE) || By FITSNEWS || An F-16 fighter jet struck a Cessna 150M in a mid-air collision in the skies over South Carolina on Tuesday morning, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have confirmed. Emergency responders in Berkeley County,…

MILITARY JET COLLIDES WITH SMALLER AIRCRAFT OVER SOUTH CAROLINA’S SKIES …

(UPDATED COVERAGE: HERE)

|| By FITSNEWS || An F-16 fighter jet struck a Cessna 150M in a mid-air collision in the skies over South Carolina on Tuesday morning, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have confirmed.

Emergency responders in Berkeley County, S.C. responded to reports of a plane crash at Lewisfield Plantation in Moncks Corner, S.C.  Meanwhile a huge chunk of wreckage was found by a nearby campsite – part of a “large debris area” related to the crash.

Take a look …

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crash

(Pic: via WCBD)

A witness told local television station WCBD TV 2 (NBC – Charleston, S.C.)  he saw a huge “ball of fire in the air” in the aftermath of the mid-air impact.

Berkeley County first responders told another local television – WCSC TV 5 (CBS – Charleston, S.C.) – that the pilot of the F-16 ejected from the aircraft, and that toxic fumes were venting from the wreckage.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officers are also reportedly responding to the crash site, which is located near U.S. Highway 52 near Lake Moultrie.

Multiple F-16 fighters are stationed out of Shaw Air Force base in Sumter, S.C.  Other F-16 fighters are based at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover, S.C.

According to The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, the S.C. Air National Guard reported that none of its planes were believed to be involved in the collision. Meanwhile insignia found on the wreckage appears to indicate the plane is part of the 55th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing – which is based out of Shaw.

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f 16 wreckage

(Pic: Via Facebook)

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34 comments

Quietus July 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

That looks like part of an engine, but it’s hard to tell due to poor picture quality. The female lemon head is kinda cute.

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The Colonel July 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Part of the afterburner.

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afmajret July 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

On the Pratt and Whitney F100 engine it is called a thrust augmenter and the piece shown is the engine nozzle

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Shut up Goose, we all know that.

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The Colonel July 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Apparently we all didn’t know the technical term for an after burner on an F-16 is a thrust augmentor…

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

How else are those lawn darts going to auger into the ground? To do it properly you need an augmentor… and the bigger the better.

The Colonel July 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I dunno, I’ve been a plane nut all my life, the F-16 is a great bird.

Speak D Truth July 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Prayers for all involved.

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John July 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Jade Helm 15. Obama is coming for you.

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Wiskey Tango Foxtrot July 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Jade Helm 15 is one of the most amusing conspiracy theories out there right now. Time to descend into my bunker, munch on some rations, and listen to some Alex Jones.

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Mike at the Beach July 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

…and watch for the contrails…I mean chemtrails. We’re spraying again tomorrow.

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Hillary Clinton 4 Prison 2016 July 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

F-16 pilot error.

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

The other guy was flying a Cessna 150… that’s slightly larger than an ultralight and about as powerful as a riding lawn mower. He likely couldn’t get out of the F-16’s way if he saw him.

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southmauldin July 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm

If the F-16 pilot was at fault, he needs to be kicked out of the service. That’s a bunch of tax money he wasted as well as the damage he caused to the people on the other plane.

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

I think you should make a sign and run down and march around outside the entrance to Shaw.

In other words, shut the fuck up.

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southmauldin July 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

While Grand Tango is the blog’s biggest idiot, you are the blog’s biggest asshole. Bask in the light; you deserve it.

Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

I’m #1!!! I’m #1!!!

Will should give me a trophy or something.

Was anyone else on the judging committee, or did you make this decision all by yourself?

urbantrout July 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

And you know that HOW, genius? He’s highly trained, any idiot you see on I-26 can get a license to fly one of those Cessnas…. and they probably fly as bad as they drive.

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Quietus July 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Kathryn C. Dennis ?on Twitter posted: @kathryn_dennis 59m59 minutes ago
Update: the small plane crashed in the rice field directly in front of my house and the people in it are friends of my family. Please pray.
So does this count as the T-Rav story of the week?

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John July 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Not until FITS posts makes some salacious comment about Miss Dennis.

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The Colonel July 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

For it to count, does Fits have to call her a bimbo or can one of us do it?

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Quietus July 7, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I motion that all members of the peanut gallery have a right to declare bimbo or camera whore in all cases involving Ms Dennis, T-Rav, and/or Southern Charm.

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The Colonel July 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Well it stands to reason that any time T-Rav is involved that any derivative of whore is appropriate (man whore, media whore, coke whore…) but does Ms. Dennis really ascribe to the “whore” level, bimbo certainly, slut probably but whore?

E Norma Scok July 7, 2015 at 4:37 pm

The queen of Moncks Corner speaks!

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm

What do you think she does all day, it’s clear she doesn’t work… does she just sit around yelling at slaves?

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CNSYD July 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Well Folks can switch back to “horrific” if it makes you happy.

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Mike at the Beach July 8, 2015 at 1:13 am

How in the HELL did Will not reference that in the piece?!

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

What do you think is smarter, the chick in the Fire Department approved Nomex yoga pants or the roll of tape she’s holding?

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Quietus July 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Well being that she’s wearing a yellow helmet she’s not a SCFA certified fire fighter. Thus the reference to lemon head above.

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Quietus July 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm

That said, the tape may be smarter but the lemon head is probably more fun.

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E Norma Scok July 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

The F-16 is $160 million plane, doesn’t that thing have radar on it? Heck–even my boat has that.

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Squishy123 July 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

No it doesn’t, the pilot flies by a compass and map.

Your boat sounds fancy.

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E Norma Scok July 7, 2015 at 11:07 pm

A quick google tells me the F-16 does have a radar, a AN/APG-68 radar that is a long range Pulse-doppler radar designed by Westinghouse. It has a range of about 184 miles. That fighter should have seen that Cessna in Moncks Corner when it took off from Shaw Air Force Base.

And yes, my boat is pretty fancy. My Garmin GMR18XHD is only good for about 24 miles though.

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