(WOLO-WCIV) Charleston County, SC-Two people are dead after a plane went down near the town of McClellanville on Highway 17 Thursday afternoon, officials said. The coroner has been called to the scene, deputies said. Officials say the plane was found near South Tibwin Road.
The crash site is near St. James Santee Elementary School, officials said.The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane left the airport on a training flight to Georgetown and had a planned return to Johns Island. Crews from Charleston County Rescue responded to the plane crash near the towns of Awendaw and McClellanville on Highway 17 Thursday afternoon.
According to FlightAware, a similar model plane left Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island Thursday afternoon.
The tail number is registered to Nighthawk Air, LLC., a company out of Matthews, N.C. The FAA said a Rockwell International 690B aircraft landed on Highway 17 near Charleston.
The FAA said its air traffic controllers lost contact with a twin-engine plane approximately 28 nautical miles northeast of Charleston. Reports initially indicated one person was on the plane, FAA officials said.
That number was later revised to say that two people were on board.
Officials added that the plane's N-number would be released when the pilot's condition was confirmed to them.
The NTSB will lead the investigation into what caused the crash, FAA officials said. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office along with the Awendaw Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources has dispatched crews to the area to look for the plane. The identities of the passengers have not been released.
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