SOUTH CAROLINA- Five individuals have tragically lost their lives in a devastating plane crash that occurred in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Sunday.
The incident, involving a single-engine Piper PA-32 aircraft, occurred at approximately 11 a.m. local time, as confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a statement released on Sunday (July 2, 2023).
Plane Crash in South Carolina
According to reports from WMBF News, the Horry County Coroner’s Office stated that four individuals were pronounced dead at the crash site.
At the same time, a fifth person succumbed to their injuries shortly after being rescued from the wreckage and transported to a nearby hospital. Initially, official information from the FAA indicated four fatalities, with the pilot sustaining serious injuries.
During its initial ascent after taking off from the runway, the ill-fated plane crashed under unknown circumstances, as revealed by the FAA.
In response to the incident, the FAA has announced its collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the crash.
In the early stages of the investigation, the NTSB spokesperson informed WMBF News that the cause is not determined.
Instead, the focus is on gathering relevant facts pertaining to the incident. This crucial information will aid in shedding light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic crash.
Preliminary Report Anticipated in the Coming Days
WMPF News has reported that a preliminary report on the plane crash is expected to be released within the next 10-12 business days. The investigation aims to provide further insights into the factors contributing to this unfortunate incident.
Sadly, this is the fourth fatal crash to occur at the Grand Strand Airport since May 2021. The repeated tragedies have prompted heightened concern. Further, a call for increased vigilance and safety measures in regional aviation operations.
The plane crash in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has claimed the lives of five individuals. As the FAA and NTSB commence their investigation, the focus remains on gathering crucial information to determine the cause of this tragic incident.
The community mourns the loss of lives and calls for continued efforts to enhance aviation safety.
Similar Accident in Arkansas
According to authorities, a small airplane crashed and submerged into Lake Hamilton in Arkansas, resulting in the pilot’s death and injuries to his daughter.
The incident occurred near Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport, where the single-engine Cessna 177 Cardinal, piloted by 49-year-old Daniel Dale Jones, went down.
Upon realizing that the aircraft had not landed at Hot Springs airport as planned, authorities received a call from a concerned homeowner who reported the plane crash.
“They had called into the Hot Springs airport that they were going to land there. Subsequently, we had already had people out on the tarmac waiting for them,” explained Kizer.
Tragically, the pilot was unresponsive when recovered from the scene by divers, and the sheriff’s office confirmed his death.
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