MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A small plane crashed in a small wooded area off the side of Hwy. 28 S near Georgia-Pacific Corporation in McCormick County. It happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Both the pilot and the passenger made it out unharmed.
Major Melvin Brock, with McCormick County Sheriff’s Office, said first responders made it to the scene quickly after the call. He said, “Within six minutes, everyone was on scene. That’s fire, EMS and law enforcement.” However, when they arrived, the two men had already gotten themselves out of the plane. Major Brock said, “It was really luck and the grace of God that got them through that.”
The plane was headed to Newnan when the pilot noticed the engine failing. In his attempt to make it back to McCormick County Airport for an emergency landing, the plane started to go down. There was a flat driveway next to the lumber yard, and the pilot was unable to make the landing there, hitting the tree-line instead. Community members came by for hours after the crash. One person who stopped by, Peggy Cantrell said, “People are like me, being nosey." She added, “Until the plane is moved, people will be up here all through the night looking at it.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the scene and will begin their investigation Thursday morning.