Pilot injured after plane crash in Jasper Co.
JASPER CO, S.C. (WTOC) - A pilot was sent to the hospital after a plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Jasper County.
The injured pilot was the only person on board, the plane was a single engine aircraft a Beechcraft B-36 Bonanza.
According to FlightAware, the plane had originally taken off from a private airport in Fort Myers, Florida.
A preliminary report by the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane crashed around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon while attempting to land at the Ridgeland Claude-Dean Airport.
The plane landed at Almost Heaven Plantation, which is roughly six miles from the airport.
According to Jasper County Fire Rescue, air traffic controllers at Savannah Hilton Head International first alerted the Jasper County Communications Center of a plane missing from their radar.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office located the plane with their helicopter the Ridgeland Fire Department and the Jasper County Sherriff’s office also helped in the search.
Some folks who live near Almost Heaven Plantation described hearing a loud crashing sound and seeing law enforcement flock to the area not long after.
One man says he couldn’t believe the news when he heard it.
“It’s kind of surprising. You don’t think about planes crashing nowadays. I don’t know what would cause something like that to happen,” Jasper County Resident Doug Cook said.
The condition of the pilot is unknown at this time. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as the FAA.
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