Monday, March 15, 2010

Single Engine Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Hilton Head Island

A single engine aircraft with made an emergency landing on a Hilton Head Island beach killing a person as it touched down. The pilot and passenger were not hurt.

Photo courtesy of Jim Corbett

Authorities say the plane was on the way from Orlando to Virginia, and had engine trouble. The first sign of trouble was as oil leak. The pilot reportedly wanted to land at Hilton Head’s airport, but oil then covered the windshield, and the propeller “left the plane."

Flight records show the plane was en route to Hampton Roads Executive in Chesapeake, Virginia. It left Orlando Executive Airport around 4:51 p.m. Monday according to The plane was scheduled to arrive in Virginia at 7:38 p.m. The site also says the plane flew from Hampton Roads Executive to Orlando Executive early this morning, departing at 6:55 a.m. and arriving in Florida at 9:28 a.m.

The Beaufort County Coroner is on scene, and the FAA and NTSB are on the way, officials say.

According to FAA records, the plane is a Lancair IV-P, a fixed wing single-engine plane. The plane is registered to a Edward Smith of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Props to Holly Bounds for tweeting this developing story.

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