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Plane crashes into home in South Carolina, causes fire

Noah Feit, David Travis Bland, Laurryn Salem and Sarah Ellis, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

Published in News & Features

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A plane crashed in the Rosewood area of Columbia, striking at least one home on Wednesday morning.

The wreckage of the small plane smoldered in a yard while detached landing gear was strewn nearby.

The small plane hit a home, causing a fire, before crashing in the backyard, according to the Columbia Police Department. Rescue crews are on the scene near Kennedy Street and Prentice Avenue, police said. The Richland County coroner is on the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plane that crashed was a single-engine Beechcraft BE-33. The plane’s tail number will be released after investigators confirm it at the scene, FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said.

A Beechcraft BE-33 left Greenville at 9:59 a.m., and was traveling to Columbia, where it was scheduled to land at 10:43 a.m., according to Greenville Downtown Airport Director Joe Frasher. The crash was reported to the Columbia Fire Department at 10:34 a.m., Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said.

There was no confirmation if the plane that left Greenville was the same one that crashed in Columbia.

 

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the crash shortly after receiving the emergency call. Roads near the site of the crash were closed to the public while emergency operations were underway.

The crash happened close to the Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport, where officials believe the plane intended to land. The plane was believed to be traveling from Greenville to Columbia, according to Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

Messages left with the airport were not immediately returned.

One house caught on fire following the crash, but firefighters have the blaze under control, Jenkins said.

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