Two people killed in plane crash in Williamsburg County

Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 1:30 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2017 at 3:24 AM EDT
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WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The investigation into a deadly plane crash in Williamsburg County will continue Thursday.

The Williamsburg County Fire Department responded to the crash in the Greeleyville area around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the department.

When crews arrived at the scene just off of US Highway 52, close to the Santee River and the Berkeley County line, they reported a column of dark smoke about 100 yards from the farm road used to get to the scene.

Fire crews walked to the crash site where they found the twin-engine Cessna on fire, according to Captain William Horton with the Williamsburg County Fire Department. The fire was extinguished and the scene was secured.  

According to a video post on the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that appeared at some time after 8 p.m., the crash happened in the Gourdin community of the county.

Williamsburg County Deputy Coroner William Horton III confirmed there are two fatalities in the twin-engine plane crash. Their remains were sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for autopsies and for identification.  

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board each have teams on the way to determine a cause for the crash. Until their arrival, local agencies will remain on the scene to keep it secure, according to Captain Horton.

The Williamsburg County Fire Department, EMS, Coroner’s Office and the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Department were all on the scene for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

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