Funeral Saturday for father and son killed in Berkeley County plane crash

Joe Johnson

The funeral for the father and son whose plane was hit by a military jet is set for Saturday.

Joe Johnson, 30, the pilot, and Mike Johnson, 68, both of Pinopolis, were killed Tuesday when an F-16C from Shaw Air Force Base hit their Cessna.

The father was found Wednesday morning in the Cooper River and the son later in the day, also in the water.

Authorities are at two aircraft crash sites, located about 10 miles apart, said Coroner Bill Salisbury.

“There are still search teams in the area,” Salisbury said. “The divers are doing a grid search in the river. They have also recovered aircraft items: fiber glass, pieces of plastic, a seat from a plane.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the rare collision between a military craft and a civilian plane, sifting through data to determine what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

The answer to those questions are months away.

Authorities intend to question the jet’s pilot, Air Force Maj. Aaron Johnson, who parachuted to safety, NTSB investigator Dennis Diaz said during a Wednesday’s news conference.

The Joe and Mike Johnsons’ memorial service is at 4 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner. The family will receive friends starting at 2 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.