COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Officials in Colleton County on Friday responded to a plane crash in Colleton County.
According to Colleton County Fire and Rescue, a single-engine plane crashed around 4:00 p.m. near Round O Road in Walterboro.
There were two people onboard the Piper PA-32R-300 plane.
“It was on the ground and pieces of the plane were in the trees and it did break apart. Units were out there for about three hours,” says Chief Barry McRoy, with Colleton County Fire and Rescue.
The pilot was airlifted to MUSC with multiple injuries and burns after apparently being ejected. The other person is still on scene, according to first responders. The coroner was reportedly called to the scene as well.
“The pilot is suffering multiple trauma injuries and burns. He was treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics, then airlifted to MUSC,” Chief McRoy says.
First responders said that the plane’s landing gear was out and it had hit many trees on the way down. The plane had broken up a bit and some parts were scattered among the trees.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that investigators are working to verify the aircraft registration number, which should be released to the public at a later time.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed that it is investigating the incident.
Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.