Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — A small plane went down in the ocean near the Springmaid Pier shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Jonathan Evans with Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue.
Evans said it was a duel-engine plane and there was only one person on board at the time of the crash.
An FAA spokesperson said it was an Aero Commander. It's tail number is "N840JC," which, according to the FAA, is registered to C&C Flying in Smithburg, West Virginia.
"The pilot is safe on the beach at this time," the department said on Twitter. He was transported to Grand Strand Medical Center where he's in critical condition.
An FAA spokesperson said the plane was on approach to Myrtle Beach International Airport when it landed in the Atlantic Ocean at 2:15 p.m. Flight Aware shows the plane took off from Cumberland, Maryland.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Chief Tom Gwyer told the Associated Press a good Samaritan pulled the pilot out of the plane and brought the person to shore.
The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the rescue.
By Tuesday afternoon, the wreckage had washed ashore.
The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the cause of the accident.
The FAA has not identified the pilot.