FAA Flight Standards District Office: Columbia, South Carolina
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE BEACH OF CAPERS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: CAPERS ISLAND
State: SOUTH CAROLINA
Authorities are responding after a small Cessna plane made an emergency landing Thursday on Capers Island.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office and other emergency personnel were called to the beach shortly after 1 p.m. Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said no injuries have been reported and investigators believe the plane had mechanical trouble.
Watson said the plane landed on two wheels but flipped over.
The came to a stop upside down on the beach, according to Anthony Kozak, an operations unit controller for the U.S. Coast Guard. The two people inside are "alive and well," he said. There were no reports of pollution.
The undeveloped barrier island is located north of Isle of Palms and Dewees Island. It is about 3 miles long and only accessible by boat.
It's believed that the Cessna had a mechanical problem that forced it to land, said Paul Campbell, who heads the Charleston County Aviation Authority. The plane took off from Mount Pleasant Regional Airport.
The Cessna was not receiving air traffic control service, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
A search of the plane's N number showed that it took off around 8:25 a.m. somewhere near Edenton, N.C., flew 16 minutes and landed in Plymouth, N.C., according to flightaware.com.
A search on the FAA's website revealed that the plane is a Cessna 140, which was manufactured in 1946. Its registration was listed as pending to a Hertford, North Carolina, resident.