Plane crashes in Horry County

Courtesy Zach Merritt

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were out investigating the scene of a plane crash that happened Saturday afternoon in Horry County. The crash happened off Dunn Shortcut Road, in the WoodCreek subdivision in Conway around 1 p.m.

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.

A neighbor tells WPDE NewsChannel 15 after he heard the crash he went outside to see what was happening. He saw smoke and fire then called 911.

Kathleen Bergen with the Federal Aviation Administration says a preliminary investigation shows "the aircraft was attempting to return to the Conway-Horry County Airport shortly after departure when the accident occurred."

The aircraft was a Beechcraft Baron, according to Bergen.

Lt. Selena Smalls with Conway Police says Dunn Shortcut Road between Green Fir Loop and Warm Springs Lane

is closed until Sunday night while the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board conduct their investigation.
Police want people to avoid the area.

Horry Electric spokesperson, Penelope Hinson, says 200 customers lost power in the area due to the plane crash. Electricity has been restored to everyone in the area, added Smalls.