F-16 Crashes in Monck’s Corner, S.C.

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Monck’s Corner, SC – At approximately 11:00 AM on 7 July, 2015, an F-16CM of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw AFB, South Carolina collided in midair with a civilian Cessna 150.  The pilot Major Aaron Johnson ejected safely from the F-16CM. Berkeley County Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury reported that there were at least two fatalities aboard the Cessna as rescue crews continue to search for survivors.

 
Witness reports are varied. Kathryn Dennis, a cast member of the Bravo TV reality show, “Southern Charm,” tweeted that the small plane crashed on the field in front of her home.

 


Other witnesses saw the F-16 hit the Cessna “broadside” and still others said they saw the Cessna climb into the F-16. The National Safety and Transportation Board is investigating the mishap.   

Officials at Shaw AFB have announced they will also conduct an investigation on the mishap.

 

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Wreckage fell into the Lewis Field Plantation.
Other wreckage fell into nearby rice fields and marshes.
Other wreckage fell into nearby rice fields and marshes.

The Shaw AFB website reported that the collision had occurred and that Major Johnson was taken to “Joint Base Charleston’s medical clinic for examination and treatment if necessary.”

On a personal note, my oldest son and his wife live in Monck’s Corner and they were napping at the time of the crash and didn’t hear or see anything.

 

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The last mishap near Monck’s Corner was a fatal crash of a Cessna 150 on 13 OCTOBER, 2011. NTSB Identification: ERA12FA051.

The last crash involving an F-16 from Shaw AFB was on Oct. 16, 2009 involving a midair collision of two F-16’s.

 

 


 

 

 

Third Grader Fights for Fossil

Olivia-McConnell-tbThird Grader Olivia McConnell has spearheaded a fight in the South Carolina legislature to name the Woolly Mammoth as the Palmetto state’s State Fossil.

The eight year old sparked the move by writing a letter to Democratic Representative Robert Ridgeway. Olivia noted the lack of a state fossil for South Carolina and nominated the Woolly Mammoth because it was first discovered on the continent in 1725 when slaves dug up a tooth.

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A bill that recently passed the state House to designate the Mammoth as the state fossil stalled in the Senate after Republican Senator Kevin Bryant added two verses from the book of Genesis.

“I just had a notion that we ought to consider acknowledging the creator as we acknowledge one of his creations,” Bryant said.

“Please stop making our state look like backwards hillbillies who believe in fairy tales,” Alex Davis commented on Bryant’s website.

Many States have official fossils.  New Jersey has the duck-billed dinosaur. Nevada has the Shonisaurus   South Dakota has dibs on the Triceratops.    South Carolina might have to go to rocks, paper, scissors with Alaska who already claims the Woolly Mammoth.

South Carolina has been without a State Fossil since Senator Jesse Helms died in 2008.