News Plane Crashes — 07 July 2017

Two people sustained non life-threatening injuries Friday morning after the airplane they were traveling in crashed on approach to the Greenwood County Airport.

It happened just before 7:30 a.m. in the area of Airport and Bucklevel roads near Leath Correctional Institution.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the 1968 Cessna T337D Turbo Skymaster was preparing to land at the time, and federal officials will further investigate, the FAA said.

The plane is registered to John Lumley of Greenwood, a relative confirmed to the Index-Journal. Lumley was not in the aircraft at the time of the incident.

During a Friday morning press conference at the airport, Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly said emergency responders were on scene within 7 minutes.

“Our first reaction was to check on all occupants and get this assistance if they needed it,” Kelly said. “We had a lot of officers, EMS and firefighters respond to the scene.”

The passenger and pilot were transported to Self Regional Medical Center.

Kelly said officials didn’t know where the plane was coming from, and did not cause a fire when it crash landed.

The crash also had no impact on business either at the airport or prison, Kelly said.

“It didn’t interfere with any of the operations,” he said.

According to an FAA database, Friday marked the ninth airplane crash in Greenwood County since 1978, and the first since June 2012.

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