U.S. military jet, small plane collide, crash in South Carolina

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Posted: Jul 07, 2015 12:21 PM

(Reuters) - A U.S. military fighter jet and a small plane collided over South Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday.

The collision involved an F-16 fighter aircraft and a Cessna C-150, the FAA said in a statement. It occurred about 11 miles north of Charleston.

The agency said the crash occurred about 11 a.m. No additional information was immediately released.

The pilot of the F-16 ejected, local officials told WCSC television, which reported that a search was underway. Authorities were also looking in nearby water for the pilot of the Cessna, the station reported.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Mohammad Zargham, Bill Trott and Lisa Lambert)