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F-16 collides mid-air with small plane, killing two in US

Parts of the F-16 landed in a nearby mobile home park Image copyright WCBD
Image caption Parts of the F-16 landed in a nearby mobile home park

A small plane has collided in mid-air with an F-16 fighter jet over South Carolina, killing two people and sending debris into a mobile home park.

Officials at Shaw Air Force Base said the F-16 pilot ejected to safety and was being treated for his injuries.

But the two people aboard the smaller plane, a two-seater Cessna C150, were both killed, it emerged later.

The collision happened at about 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) roughly 11 miles (17km) north of Charleston.

The National Transportation Safety has launched an investigation into the crash.

Image copyright WCBD
Image copyright WCBD

Military jets from Shaw Air Force Base, outside of Columbia, routinely fly training missions over eastern South Carolina and the Atlantic.