FATHER, SON ABOARD PLANE STRUCK BY MILITARY JET
Piloting the Cessna at the time of the collision was 30-year-old Joe Johnson of Berkeley County. Emergency responders are still searching for his body. His father, 68-year-old Mike Johnson, was the plane’s passenger. His body has been recovered.
Both father and son lived in Pinopolis, S.C. Joe Johnson was a former minor league baseball player. His father was a retired teacher turned carpenter.
Also identified? U.S. Air Force major Aaron Johnson, who was piloting the F-16 at the time it struck the Cessna – which had just taken off from the Berkeley County Airport. According to military officials, Johnson was practicing “instrument approaches” at the time of the collision. He was taken to a medical facility at the military’s Joint Base Charleston for observation in the aftermath of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an investigation into the crash – which occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT yesterday.
“We are in the very early phases of our investigation,” an NTSB spokesman told reporters.
The NTSB is reportedly combing a large debris field for clues as well as examining flight data from both aircraft.