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Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N475RT: Incident occurred January 11, 2022 on Edisto Island, South Carolina

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

Aircraft declared mayday and landed in a field. 

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Date: 11-JAN-22
Time: 17:47:00Z
Regis#: N475RT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

EDISTO ISLAND, South Carolina (WCBD) – A small plane made an emergency landing near Edisto Island on Tuesday afternoon after it began to experience engine problems.

Chief Larry Garvin with the St. Paul Fire District told News 2 oil from the plane’s engine started to blow out of the engine compartment shortly after takeoff. The plane was enroute to Florida.

Chief Garvin said the pilot started to look for a safe plan to make an emergency landing. He landed the plane in a field behind King’s Farm Market off Highway 174 on Edisto Island.

The plane landed upright, but the wing hit a post during the landing, officials said.

Only the pilot was on board the plane at the time. That person was not injured.


  1. The report of oil leak shortly after takeoff is odd, ADS-B suggests he was airborne for about one hour after takeoff from Columbus County Municipal Airport (KCPC).

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    1. three flight legs listed for 1/11.
      no airstrip noted, and none id near "King’s Farm Market off Highway 174 on Edisto Island." using google map search.

  2. I heard this guy on 121.5 yesterday, while flying over SC. A lot folks trying to help on frequency, understand his windshield was covered w/ oil. Tough situation, great job getting it on the ground

    1. He did well to pull it off with that oiled windshield. Google map shows what the open spaces are around King's Farm Market:'s+Farm+Market/@32.580876,-80.3368607,643m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88fc2459855be395:0x1eb4c540fce90923!8m2!3d32.5809338!4d-80.3346609

  3. A single engine GA pilot's worst nightmare: windscreen covered in oil rendering all forward visibility off the nose impossible with a dying engine meaning you must look out the side for a place to put down NOW all while flying with no horizontal front reference on what's ahead when committed.

    1. WNCT9's news video made on scene has the pilot describe the engine failure.

      At 16 seconds before the video ends, you get a side view look at the windshield. He did well, but it doesn't appear that all forward visibility off the nose was rendered impossible.

    2. "He did well, but it doesn't appear that all forward visibility off the nose was rendered impossible." ....says the armchair quarterback expert in flying with an oil soaked windshield and a dead engine...