Authorities and residents are struggling to understand just what caused a tragic plane crash on Thursday at the Greenville, South Carolina Downtown Airport after overshooting the runway while attempting to land. The aircraft crashed through a fence before breaking apart on Airport Road.
At least four people we on board the Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft, two having lost their lives and two others in serious condition. The pilot and co-pilot were among the deceased. The identities of the passengers were not immediately available.
“Greenville City Fire Spokesperson Tristan Johnson said the two people who died in a plane crash on Thursday were the pilot and co-pilot of the plane, according to WSPA-TV.”
According to Fox News, "The co-pilot was identified as Stephen George Fox, 66, from Florida. The pilot, who has not been identified pending next-of-kin notification, is a man in his late 40s, the coroner told the station.
"Frasher told the station one of the pilots was found unconscious leaning against the throttle, and the engine was still running, throwing dirt and dust into the air when rescue personnel arrived."
Newsweek reports, “It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to go off the runway. Greenville Police said the aircraft went into Airport Road. Authorities said the call initially came in around 1:30 p.m. local time.”
The plane broke into two as it went down into a ditch after failing to stop at the end of the runway, and now authorities are concerned about a fuel leak that threatens the Greenville community.
According to Newsweek, “A fuel leak from Thursday's plane crash in Greenville has prompted fears over contamination of nearby water, the Greenville News reported. The plane began leaked fuel and started a fire after it crashed off the runway and split in two.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the cause of the tragic accident.
To see aerial footage of the tragic incident, watch the video, below.