Pilot identified in plane crash

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 7:51 AM
Last updated 1:39 PM
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The owner of a small plane that crashed into a North Augusta road Sunday was piloting the craft, a North Augusta Public Safety confirmed today.

Samuel C. Hart, 61, of the 800 block of River Bluff Road, reportedly called his wife shortly after the single-engine Rutan VariEze he was piloting smashed into Interstate 520 between Belvedere Clearwater Road and Ascauga Lake Road, the report said.

He suffered a broken wrist and leg in the crash and was listed in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday night

Mr. Hart was having engine trouble and decided to land the airplane on the unfinished portion of I-520, which is under construction, the report said.

“As the victim approached the roadway for the landing, the plane struck a power wire that was crossing the interstate and then struck a pole for a road sign,” North Augusta Public Safety authorities wrote in the report. “The plane traveled approximately 100 feet before striking the ground.”

Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed Monday that her agency was investigating the crash. Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating.

Ms. Bergen said Monday that they had not yet determined where Mr. Hart took off.

The public safety report said he had his airplane towed to Twin Lake Airfield after the crash.

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curly123053 08/11/09 - 10:34 am
Glad he had the foresight to

Glad he had the foresight to put it down where his did instead of hitting one of the numerous homes along that stretch. I hope he makes a good recovery.

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