F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Shaw F-16 crashes, pilot in good condition

July 23, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A 78th Fighter Squadron F-16 crashed July 22 12 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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The pilot, Capt. James Sevick, successfully ejected from the aircraft and was picked up 50 minutes later by a Coast Guard rescue helicopter. He was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston for observation and released July 23.

Sevick was on a simulated air-to-air combat training mission at the time of the crash. Shaw's last aircraft accident occurred in 1996 during a hurricane evacuation.

The incident is under investigation.