By Steve Byerly and William Rioux
ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A small plane was destroyed in a crash near the Allendale County Airport, but the two people aboard it survived, according to authorities.
The plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. Friday about a mile south of the airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration regional spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. She said two people were aboard the Cessna 210. The FAA will release the aircraft registration after investigators confirm it at the scene, according to Bergen.
Sheriff Tom Carter said the plane was destroyed at the crash site off Highway 278. The people who’d been inside the aircraft were taken to a hospital, according to authorities.
The airport director told News 12 the plane was supposed to land at the airport, but never made it.
Local authorities don’t know why the plane crashed, but they know a fire was involved.
With seats for four to six people, Cessna 210s are single-engine planes that were first flown in January 1957 and were produced by Cessna until 1986.
The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident, according the Bergen.
The 95-acre general aviation airport is owned by Allendale County and is a couple of nautical miles southeast of Allendale.