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Private plane makes emergency landing near Surfside Beach

Local aircraft makes emergency landing (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety) Local aircraft makes emergency landing (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Local aircraft makes emergency landing (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety) Local aircraft makes emergency landing (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
Attempts to start downed plane (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety) Attempts to start downed plane (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Chinese manufactured trainer plane made an emergency landing shortly before noon Thursday on the beach just outside of the Surfside Beach area of Horry County.

According to Leslie Yancey, spokesperson for Horry County Fire Rescue, the private plane was carrying two people when it made a "successful emergency landing" on the beach near Ocean Lakes Campground.

Surfside Beach Police Chief Mike Frederick adds that the two occupants of the aircraft were a man and his son-in-law. The plane experienced a complete engine failure, forcing the pilot to land on the beach. 

Myrtle Beach International Airport Spokesperson Lauren Morris says the plane is a local aircraft, but the intended flight course is unknown at this time. She adds that FAA officials are en route to Horry County from Columbia, SC and expect to be here at approximately 2:30 p.m. to conduct an investigation. 

No injuries were reported.

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