Plane makes emergency along Highway 17 Bypass, no injuries reported

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A plane made an emergency landing in the Myrtle Beach area Wednesday. 

Horry County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief John Fowler confirms a plane made the emergency landing off of Highway 544 near Target and Highway 17 Bypass. 

According to Fowler, initial reports indicate no was one injured and there is no fire. 

Witnesses told News13 the plane was flying low as it headed north. Then the plane landed on just north of Hwy. 544 on the on-ramp to Hwy. 17 Bypass north. Witnesses said the pilot then directed the plane off the road onto the grassy shoulder.

“I was thinking was he gonna roll over or was he gonna crash into the trees, whatever? But he came to a nice, soft stop. He did a good job. He did an excellent job,” said witness Rosenaldo Rolon. “Amazingly, thank God there was no traffic in front of him, so it’s a good day when nobody gets hurt.”

The pilot did not want to comment, but when News13’s Brandon Herring reported from the scene, the pilot appeared to be in normal health. He was walking around the plane with first responders, including members of the Horry County Fire Rescue Department based at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The spot where the plane landed was about three miles from the airport.

There is no word on what caused the pilot to need to make the emergency landing. Information from flightaware.com shows the plane left Rock Hill Airport shortly before noon. FAA records show the plane is registered to the Stanley Aero Club in Gastonia, North Carolina.

The club confirmed ownership but did not comment further. The club’s website says the plane is a 1972 Cessna 182P (a 4-seat, single engine plane).

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