FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA West Columbia FSDO-13
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A ROAD AND CAUGHT FIRE, NEAR CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA.
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: South Carolina
MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) —
A single-engine plane with three people on board caught fire and had to make an emergency landing on Highway 378 in Marion County Friday morning.
Lavenia Jones says she watched the plane land outside of her home.
"I heard a loud noise. It sounded like metal beating really loud. I looked out the window and saw the plane coming down. The front of it was engulfed in fire. So he landed in front of my house. He hit my mail box. He rolled and he stopped here." said Jones.
The plane landed on the roadway near Brittons Neck at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to Joey Price with Marion County Emergency Management. It has since been moved off the roadway. Traffic was not affected.
The plane caught fire while in the air, and the pilot landed plane, Price said. Two pilots and one passenger were on board, and no injuries were reported.
After the plane landed, one of the pilots ran over to an 18-wheeler, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and put out the fire, according to officials.
The plane was reportedly making a commute from Mt. Pleasant to Raleigh, North Carolina.
The FAA was called out to inspect the plane.
The three occupants declined to be interviewed but did say the plane is unable to fly. All three have returned to Mt. Pleasant.
The fixed wing, single-engine plane was a 2011 Cirrus Design Corp SR22 registered to an Admiral Aviation Holdings LP out of Wilmington, Delaware, according to information from the FAA.
Cirrus Design Corp SR22 aircraft were involved in 13 accidents in 2016, including three that were fatal. That model was involved in seven accidents in South Carolina since 2009, two of which were fatal.
Marion County, S.C. (WPDE) — A single engine Cirrus model plane has made an emergency landing at Highway 378 and 908 in the Gresham community of Marion County near the Park and Blow Handi Mart after a fire erupted on the plane, according to Marion County EMS Director Joey Price.
Price said there was one person on board who was able to get off safely. Price added he is headed to the scene and will have more information this morning.
Jim Peters, with the FAA, released a statement on the incident stating:
"A Cirrus SR22 aircraft made an emergency landing due to an engine related problem on a road near U.S. Highway 378 near Conway, SC at about 8:35 a.m. today. Check with local authorities on the condition of the three people on board. The aircraft was heading to Raleigh, NC from Mount Pleasant, SC. The FAA will investigate."
Mike Hatcher, a witness to the landing, said that the plane was coming in kind of low and smoking. He said that it landed on Highway 378.
Hatcher said that another person said the plane almost landed on the hood of his car.
He also said that there were two people on board who were able to land safely, but another woman who lives near the scene, Lavenia Jones, said there were three people on board, two pilots and a passenger, who were able to get out safely.
Jones said the plane's front engine caught fire and when the plane landed one of the pilots was able to grab a fire extinguisher from a passing 18-wheeler and put out the fire in the engine.
Hatcher submitted videos to us which show a plane in the middle of the highway and law enforcement officials on scene. The plane has since been moved off to the side of the road and traffic is reportedly moving through the area once again.
According to FlightAware.com, a flight tracking service, the plane departed from Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport at 7:11 a.m. Friday. It was scheduled to arrive at Raleigh Durham International Airport at 9:20 a.m. The flight is still listed as “en route” on the website.
According to the real time flight track log, the plane’s last documented altitude was 200 feet at 8:30 a.m. The planned altitude for that moment in the flight path was supposed to be 9,000 feet. After 8:30 a.m. there is no further track of the plane.
The plane is registered out of Wilmington, Delaware, to Admiral Aviations Holdings LP.
MARION, SC (WBTW) – A single-engine Cirrus plane flying over the Gresham community in Marion County was forced to make an emergency landing on Highway 378 around 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to county officials.
Marion County Emergency Management Services Director Joey Price confirms a fire ignited on board the plane, forcing the pilot to land unexpectedly. There were three occupants on board, but no injuries were reported during the emergency landing. Price says once the plane was on the ground, the pilot was able to put the fire out with an extinguisher.
The plane was traveling from Mt. Pleasant to Raleigh, NC. Price explained to News13 that the plane is pulled from the highway, allowing vehicles to travel past.
It’s unknown what caused the fire, but Price says more details will be made available once emergency crews have a chance to investigate. The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted.
MARION, S.C. -- A single-engine plane with three people on board crash landed on US 378 in southern Marion County Friday morning.
Marion County EMS Director Joey Price said that a fire broke out inside plane about 8:30 a.m. and it landed on the highway in the Gresham Community.
Marion County deputies along with South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers managed to push the plane to the side of the road to free up the flow of traffic.
FAA Spokesman Jim Peters identified the plane as a Cirrus SR22 and said the plane landed after an engine related problem.
Peters said the plane was flying from Mt. Pleasant to Raleigh, N.C., when it was forced to land
The FAA spokesman said his agency was investigating.