Pilot killed in Edgefield plane crash

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 7:53 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 8:42 AM
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A man was killed when a small airplane crashed Monday night in Edgefield County, authorities said.

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Edgefield County Emergency Management Director Mike Casey said the man, whose name was withheld pending notifying the next of kin, was the only person aboard the plane, which crashed on Rachel Avenue near Twin Lakes Airport near Trenton, S.C.

The plane, a twin-engine Piper Aztec, left no debris field, Casey said, which could indicate it flew directly into a wooded area near the landing strip, rather than hitting the ground and sliding in.

Several houses line the air strip, but none were damaged, Casey said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the accident Monday night and were on their way to the scene.

“It’s inconclusive now as to what caused the crash,” Casey said. “A few people in the area say they heard the engines sputter out, but we won’t know until the NTSB and FAA complete their work.”

Casey said he doesn’t think weather was a factor and that the lights on the landing strip were functioning when emergency crews arrived.

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member 11/26/13 - 10:09 am
pilot identity

why was edgefield online paper identifying the pilot very early last night on thier website?

bright idea
bright idea 11/26/13 - 11:10 am
Sue the airport.

Sue the airport.

nnaugusta 11/26/13 - 05:21 pm
No fire at the crash site

No fire at the crash site points towards no fuel plus witnesses said the plane was sputtering, another hint! A twin engine comes down quick with loss of power as they are very nose heavy. So close to the runway but it was after dark...6-ish. Not sure if the lights were on at that time or not. God bless his family during this difficult time and holiday season.

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