One Dead in Private Plane Crash in Columbia, S.C., Residential Area
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A twin-engine airplane crashed today in a residential area, killing at least one person and strewing debris and some aircraft fuel across several houses and yards, officials said.
One person was on board the six-seat Beechcraft Baron, which took off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport en route to Greer, said Arlene Salac of the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta.
The plane crashed shortly before 9 a.m., killing the pilot, authorities said. The victim was not immediately identified.
There were other no injuries immediately reported, said Karol Berry, spokeswoman for the Richland County emergency medical services. She said the plane broke up in trees as it came down.
The pilot did not indicate he was having trouble before the aircraft crashed about 13 miles north of the airport, Ms. Salac said.
The airplane was registered to Southern Engineering Contract Co. of Nashville, Tenn., the FAA said.