By Stephanie Moore 


A plane crashed in Greenville County, South Carolina, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Boiling Springs Fire Department chief said the plane went down at about 1 p.m. on Hartness Drive.

Dispatchers said the plane crashed near 500 Hartness Drive.

Peter Knudson, with the National Transportation and Safety Board, said this was an instructional flight.

He said someone on board declared an emergency and they were directed to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, but the plane crash-landed about two miles southwest of the airport.

The NTSB will not begin an investigation until they get a damage assessment from the Federal Aviation Administration, Knudson said.

The FAA released the following preliminary statement to WYFF News 4:

“A single-engine Cessna 172 landed in a field behind the Hartness Industrial Complex in Greenville, S.C., around 12:50 p.m. local time today. Two people were on board. The FAA will investigate.” said the flight left Summerville, South Carolina, at 11:22 a.m.

Witnesses said the people inside the plane were taken to the hospital but expected to be OK.

WYFF News 4 viewer Carson Black said he saw the plane in the sky from his driveway off Bethel Road, in Simpsonville. He said he started taking video of it when he said he heard it sputtering and then get quiet.

Black said the plane looked to be close to I-385 heading toward Garlington Road, which matches the flight path on FlightAware.