NTSB Releases Preliminary Findings in F-16 Midair

The NTSB released initial findings (full NTSB report here) regarding the July 7th midair between a US Air Force F-16 and a civilian Cessna 150.

The F-16 pilot was apparently on a single ship instrument sortie, practicing approaches first at Myrtle Beach, then at Charleston AFB. The Cessna took off from a local field and was not in contact with Air Traffic Control, and he was not required to be. ATC called out the (unknown) Cessna as traffic, apparently approximately 50 seconds before the two collided. The F-16 continued to fly for 3 minutes, despite incurring major structural damage, prior to the F-16 pilot ejecting safely.

Repeated at the Stars and Stripes.

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