North Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – After a plane crash in North Myrtle Beach Wednesday night, the aviation community is mourning the loss.
Federal aviation officials say the plane crashed just before 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Creekside Mobile Home Park - along Little River Neck Road.
According to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge, the crash killed 54-year-old Danny Carroll, his wife 66-year-old Raychel, and their four-year-old grand-daughter, Mallory Fields.
The three were trying to make their way to Concord, North Carolina after taking off from the Grand Strand Airport.
Jeremy Bass of Huffman Helicopters in Myrtle Beach says it's unfortunately times like these that serve as reminders that safety is such a priority in aviation.
"What we will do is we'll learn from it, regardless of what happened," said Bass. "It will all be posted and all be made public, and they'll try to get to the bottom of what caused this accident to happen and the series of events that lead up to it."
Right now investigators are still trying to determine exactly what went wrong during the crash. Bass says it's a reminder for everyone to be as safe as possible in the air.
"We'll all try to learn as an aviation community what we can do to prevent that from happening again to someone else," explained Bass.
At the Grand Strand Airport people say it's a small airport where most everyone knows each other and where a lot of people who have vacation homes or businesses in the area fly in and out of.
Christie Avery works across from the airport and says she feels for the crash victims' family.
"Your heart goes out to them because it could happen to anybody," said Avery.
She says she understands just a small part of what it could feel like, because her boyfriend crash-landed a plane last year.
"His engine failed and he was able to make a safe landing but unfortunately that's not always the case," said Avery.