The last 10 plane crashes in the Myrtle Beach area

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) — Plane crashes remain rare along the Grand Strand, according to data from the National Transportation Safety Board.

All of the crashes involved small aircraft, and the majority had only one person on board at the time of the crash, according to the NTSB. However, there has been one fatal accident in Horry County in the past five years.

The NTSB includes incidents where a passenger was injured in its accident data, even if a plane did not touch down. In one case, an incident was deemed an “accident” because a passenger was injured during turbulence.

In other cases, planes were damaged during landing or crashed into the ocean.

Here are the 10 most recent plane crashes in Horry County, according to the NTSB.

May 21, 2021

Location: Myrtle Beach

Injured: one dead

Aircraft: Piper PA-31P

The pilot of the plane was killed after the plane crashed around 6:14 p.m. in the Socastée area. It was the plane’s first flight after maintenance, according to a preliminary crash report. At the time, the aircraft contained 167.5 gallons of fuel.

The plane had departed Myrtle Beach International Airport for Grand Strand Airport in North Myrtle Beach, according to the report. After takeoff, the pilot advised air traffic control to return to the runway. The pilot’s last communication with air traffic control was when the controller asked him if he needed help. The pilot replied, “Yes, we have problems.”

An examination of the aircraft revealed that the elevator trim tabs were installed backwards and inverted, according to the preliminary report. A connecting rod that attaches the rudder to the trim drum, which should be above the rudder, was on the underside.

January 13, 2021

Location: Myrtle Beach

Injured: One person seriously injured

Device: N862UP Beech 300

One person was seriously injured, and four were uninjured, after a plane encountered 30 to 45 seconds of ‘heavy turbulence’ an hour and 40 minutes into its flight, according to a crash report NTSB final.

According to the report, the passenger who was injured was not seated in her seat at the time and hit her head against the overhead compartment before falling on the armrest.

The pilot told investigators that the crew reported the turbulence to air traffic control, told them about the injured passenger, and then continued to their destination airport at the passengers’ request. The passenger refused to seek treatment at the airport and discovered the following week that he had broken a rib.

October 7, 2020

Location: North Myrtle Beach

Injuries: None

Aircraft: Sparrowhawk II

A gyroplane pilot reported flying along the coast when the plane’s engine lost power, and he made a forced landing on the beach, according to a final accident report. Upon landing, the nose wheel dug into the sand and the gyroplane rolled sideways.

An examination revealed that the aircraft’s rubber fuel supply line had ruptured and a fuel leak had caused the crash.

March 17, 2020

Location: Conway

Injuries: None

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22

A private pilot was not injured after a plane crashed around 3:45 p.m. near Conway, according to a preliminary accident report. The pilot had departed from Hammond Northshore Regional Airport and diverted to Myrtle Beach International Airport due to low ceilings at his destination.

Approaching the airport, the pilot struggled to steady himself and said he felt like he was “fighting [the airplane]” on the roll axis. He activated the plane’s parachute system after further difficulties. During the descent, he was able to secure the engine and land on all landing gear. The plane’s nose gear collapsed and the rudder partially separated, according to the report.

October 1, 2019

Pitch: Long

Injuries: None

Aircraft: N95131 Taylorcraft BC112

The plane took off with 12 gallons of fuel for a flight that was expected to consume 10.1 gallons, according to a final accident report. The engine shut down approximately two hours and 25 minutes into the flight.

The pilot intended to land the aircraft in a field, but spotted an aircraft and a deep ditch. He attempted to loop the aircraft on the ground and both wings struck trees. The pilot wrote in a safety advisory that adding a fuel stop would have prevented the crash.

The cause of the crash was determined to be fuel starvation, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.

November 23, 2018

Location: North Myrtle Beach

Injuries: None

Aircraft: N7081Q Cessna 172

The pilot felt a wing gust while taxiing, which he was unable to correct with full right rudder, according to a final report. The right brake failed, leading the aircraft to strike an aircraft parked on the ramp. Both brake linings had been replaced approximately 390 flight hours before the accident.

Nov. 12, 2018

Location: Myrtle Beach

Injured: One person seriously injured

Aircraft: N840JC Aero Commander 690

A pilot experienced severe turbulence on approach to the airport, according to a final accident report. The aircraft began to descend rapidly and the pilot added full power to try to gain more altitude. The aircraft continued to descend and impacted the Atlantic Ocean.

The cause of the accident was attributed to wind shear and turbulence at low altitude, which caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft.

July 9, 2018

Location: North Myrtle Beach

Injuries: None

Aircraft: N96T Classic Aircraft Corp WACO

The plane began to “shiver” and veer left after a three-point landing, according to an accident report. The pilot attempted to correct the problem, and the tail wheel lifted off the runway and regained runway heading. As the speed decreased, the rear wheel landed, then veered left again. When the pilot again attempted to correct the problem, the plane’s ground looped to the left and the landing gear collapsed.

The probable cause is listed as the pilot’s failure to “maintain directional control when landing into a headwind in a left turn”.

Two passengers were on the plane.

July 24, 2017

Location: Myrtle Beach

Injuries: None

Aircraft: Robinson N828RD R44 Helicopter

Three people were not injured after a tour helicopter crashed around 1:15 p.m., according to a final report into the crash.

The pilot reported that the helicopter started shaking shortly after takeoff, and he thought it might be due to a stuck engine valve. The pilot radioed the operator and asked the maintenance personnel to meet him after the visit was over. The pilot made the decision to continue the tour.

Employees reported seeing white smoke billowing from the helicopter as it came in to land at the end of the tour, according to the report. As the helicopter descended, the low rotor rpm horn sounded and the engine rpm increased. When he realized that the helicopter was not going to reach the pad in time, the pilot turned it so that it was parallel to the slope of a field and landed the plane “hard “.

The probable cause of the crash was determined to be a loss of main rotor power due to a fractured pushrod and exhaust pipe. The engine oil was then able to coat the V-belts. The pilot’s decision to continue the trick and not maintain adequate rotor rpm during the landing was also cited as the cause.

The plane was “substantially” damaged in the crash, according to the report.

May 9, 2017

Location: Myrtle Beach

Injuries: None

Aircraft: N20835 Mooney M20R

The plane’s engine lost power while the plane was about 300 feet above the ground, according to a crash report. The plane crashed into the ocean near the shore. The pilot was rescued, but the plane sank in the ocean and could not be recovered.

Because the aircraft could not be recovered, the cause of the crash could not be determined. The aircraft was inspected seven months before the accident and the engine was overhauled six months before the accident. The oil had been changed and the filter inspected three times, not noticing anything unusual.

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