Thursday, August 12, 2021

Beech A36 Bonanza, N183VB: Incident occurred August 12, 2021 near Union County Airport (35A), South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina 

Aircraft experienced engine problems and made a forced landing on a road. 

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Date: 12-AUG-21
Time: 13:26:00Z
Regis#: N183VB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

UNION, South Carolina — Authorities say no one was injured on Thursday, August 12, when a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a road in northern South Carolina.

The Union County Sheriff's Office said it was assisting the City of Union's public safety and fire departments following a landing in the city on what photos show was a four-lane road.

Citing the Union County Emergency Management Agency, CBS affiliate WSPA reports that the aircraft landed on Union Boulevard.

Details regarding exactly why the aircraft was forced to make the landing are unclear, but a photo does show the plane straddling two lanes with a car behind and two trucks in front. A fire truck can also be seen blocking traffic in the immediate distance.

Despite coming down somewhere other than a runway, the pilot reported no injuries according to the sheriff's office and the aircraft itself appears undamaged.

The Federal Aviation Administration has since identified the aircraft involved as a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza adding that the landing occurred just before 9:30 a.m. The agency didn't provide additional information regarding the reason for the landing.

Tail number data does confirm, through, that the flight had taken off Myrtle Beach at around 8:40 a.m. It was scheduled to land in Knoxville, Tennessee around 10:40 a.m. 


  1. the Marathon Station (photo) is located @ 908 Duncan Bypass, Union, SC 29379; thus touched down east on US-176, apparently avoiding 4 lanes of W/E bound traffic and overhead utilities, amazing!

  2. Looks like has was diverting for Troy Shelton Field (35A) and the road was the backup plan for not making 35A. Amazing skill is right.