(USNIB) – Authorities say at least five persons were killed in a plane crash near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, just minutes after taking off from Grand Strand Airport on Sunday.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the plane crashed two miles northwest of the airport.
“The Horry County Coroner’s Office is still working to identify the victims.” “They will release the information once everyone has been identified and next of kin have been notified,” said North Myrtle Beach Police Public Information Officer Pat Wilkinson to CNN.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the tragedy.
According to Horry County Coroner Tamara Willard, four people died on the scene, and one died after being extracted from the plane’s wreckage and sent to a hospital.
The plane, a Piper PA-32R-300, took off at 11:02 a.m. and crashed at 11:03 a.m., according to FlightAware data. The coroner’s office also indicated that their identities would be revealed after the victims’ families had been notified.
According to local media sources, several dead are connected, and their families are from other nations.
The plane seats six people and is classified as a “high-performance” single-engine plane by aviation experts.
Meanwhile, the road where the wreckage landed was closed and reopened just Monday night, according to police. The accident happened on Pete Dye Drive, right off Grey Heron Road.
According to local sources, the plane’s registration number — N5524F — indicated it belonged to Joseph T Farnese of New Jersey. According to WBTW News 13, whether he was flying or riding in the plane was unclear.
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