House destroyed by crash; survivors speak out

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Mark Meredith - bio | email

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Hours after their house was destroyed by a plane crash, one North Myrtle Beach family said they're amazed to be alive.

"There was fire just everywhere," said Robert Werkheiser, who lived at the mobile home off of Little River Neck Road that was destroyed when a small airplane crash minutes after takeoff from Grand Strand Regional Airport Wednesday night. "I was laying on the ground, my back was really jammed up, and I'm in a lot of pain."

The family is staying at a hotel, thanks to support from the American Red Cross and Helping Hand. The family says options are in short supply, and they are asking for help from anyone who is willing to give it.

"My mom saved everything she ever had in that house," said Courtney Marsh, the daughter of the homeowner. "We don't know where they're going to live. We don't have anything."

The family had lived in the mobile home for the past seven months.

Anyone willing to help is asked to contact Kathi Desanti, a friend of the family, at 843-399-9801.

Emergency officials were dispatched to the Creekside Mobile Home Park off of Little River Neck Road shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Multiple 911 calls were made around 8:50 p.m. in reference to the crash, according to North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello.

Aiello said the plane appeared to have hit in front of a mobile home and slid into it, setting the home ablaze. Witnesses said they saw people running out of the home after the plane hit, although authorities have not confirmed that anyone was inside at the time of the crash.

North Myrtle Beach officials said flight records indicated three people were onboard the plane when it crashed into the mobile home, killing all of its occupants.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge later confirmed the identities of the three victims as Danny Carroll, 54, his wife, Raychel, 66, and their granddaughter, Mallory Fields, 4. Edge said all three victims died from massive trauma.

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