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Small Planes Crash in Calif., S.C.

September 21, 1998

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ A twin-engine plane crashed near Myrtle Beach on Sunday, killing all four people aboard and seriously injuring a man who was walking his dog.

Also Sunday, a twin-engine plane crashed in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., killing both people aboard, authorities said.

The Cessna 310 went down in a residential neighborhood of Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. No one on the ground was hurt and no homes were damaged, although the crash sparked small fires behind homes, authorities said.

In the South Carolina crash, the plane had taken off from Grand Strand Airport and was heading to Barefoot Landing when it started having engine trouble, police Lt. Myron Creel said. The pilot called in a distress signal and tried to turn around and to go back to the airport.

The plane crashed between U.S. Highway 17 and the ocean, near the Ocean Creek Resort. The injured man was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina.

``I saw the (plane) go in back of a building and I could see the landing gear,″ tourist Gloria McNevin of Boston said. ``Then he just went down and it just exploded.″

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