NTSB officials release new info on Conway plane crash

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) - Federal officials are on scene investigating a deadly plane crash in Conway. The plane crashed early Saturday afternoon in the Wood Creek subdivision just off Dunn Shortcut Road.

Nation Transportation Safety Board Air safety investigator Jay Neylon said the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft manufacturer and the engine manufacturer are all at the scene examining the wreckage.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler says all three people aboard the plane died in the crash. Fowler identified them as 39-year-old James Major of Conway, 42-year-old Kenneth Piuma of Myrtle Beach and 16-year-old Donald Dale Becker of Conway. Fowler says Major is believed to have been the pilot.

Nelson added that the aircraft will be moved to a salvageable facility where the investigation will continue.

NTSB officials are now collecting info from the FAA, witness statements, police and first responders.

Neylon says they have been able to retrieve a GPS and an iPad that will be going back to Washington, D.C. for investigation. He added that because it was a smaller aircraft, it did not have a black box recording device.

The plane took off at the Conway-Horry County Airport, went to the Myrtle Beach Airport and was returning to Conway when it crashed, Neylon added.