F-16 pilot: Cessna in sight less than 1 second before crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Air Force F-16 pilot whose jet collided with a small civilian plane over South Carolina in 2015 told investigators he saw the aircraft in front of him for less than a second before impact.

The F-16 pilot said he was able to fly his stricken jet just a few minutes before ejecting, and the warplane crashed. Two South Carolina men on the small Cessna died in the July 7, 2015, collision.

The pilot’s comments are contained in documents released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The documents are evidence gathered as part of the NTSB’s investigation but don’t contain any analysis or conclusions. The board is expected to determine a probable cause of the collision and suggest safety improvements at their Nov. 15 session in Washington, D.C.

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