CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Transportation Safety Board is set to present its findings later this month in the investigation of a midair collision between a small plane and an F-16 over Moncks Corner.
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The crash, between a U.S. Air Force fighter jet and a Cessna 150M occurred on July 7, 2015. Cessna pilot Joseph Johnson, 30, and his father, Michael Johnson, 68, died in the crash, Berkeley county Coroner Bill Salisbury said.
The pilot of the F-16, later identified as Maj. Aaron Johnson, was able to eject from his aircraft shortly after the collision but before the jet crashed, investigators said.
An NTSB investigator said the Johnsons had taken off from the Berkeley County Airport just minutes before the crash happened for a short day trip to Myrtle Beach and had planned to return home the same day.
The crash happened near Old Highway 52 in Moncks Corner at approximately 11:02 a.m. and witnesses reported the F-16 hit the Cessna "broadside," Salisbury said.
The NTSB will present analytical findings and probable cause of the disaster and suggest safety improvements at a public meeting on Nov. 15, according to a release from the NTSB.
Their presentation will also include details of an August 16, 2015, midair collision between a Cessna 172M and a North American Rockwell NA265-60SC Sabreliner near San Diego that killed four people.