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HARTSVILLE, SC -

The Darlington County Sheriff's office confirmed a small plane crashed Saturday evening right in the front yard of someone's home.

Captain Andy Locklair says it happened near Forest Drive and Fox Hollow Drive outside of the city of Hartsville but near the Hartsville airport.

Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd says three people were on the plane. Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee says the victims were all men and were not related.

He identifies the victims as George Thomas Rogers, 61, of Society Hill, Joseph Melton Loflin, III, 29, of Pelzer, and Leslie R. Bradshaw, 75, of Hartsville.

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The call came in at 6:55 p.m. and Hartsville fire chief says the homes surrounding the crash site were not damaged. The plane was badly burned and some of the woods caught fire.

A man who worked for the pilot told News13 the plane left Darlington County Jetport.  He said the plane stalled and the wing went down and it's not the first time it's had issues.

The airport was a Lancair IV-P aircraft according to Kathleen Bergen, Manager for Atlantic Media Relations with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA and the NTSB will investigate, and the NTSB will determine probable cause.

Some operational statistics for Darlington County Jetport show there's about 22 planes that land and take off from there daily.  The makeup of the aircrafts are 49% transient general aviation, 44% local general aviation, 6%  air taxi  and 1%  military. That's data for a 12-month period ending September 2013.

The last time there was a double fatal plane crash in Hartsville was August 2006. A Piper aircraft went down as it approached Darlington Jetport Airport.  Control tower personnel cleared the pilot for the approach. Approximately 6 miles from the airport, control tower personnel cleared the pilot to land.

During the final approach, the pilot reported a missed approach, made a left turn, and began a descent. The control tower contacted the pilot, and inquired, if he "had the airport insight." The pilot responded "negative." The airplane continued to descend until it was lost off radar.

The airplane collided with trees and was located by emergency response personnel off a small private road in a field.

Examination of the airframe, instruments, flight controls, engine assembly and accessories all revealed no evidence of a pre-crash mechanical failure or malfunction.

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