Colleton County Fire-Rescue


22/October/2021 - Fatal Plane Crash - "C" Shift

Incident # 21-07604 - At 16:04, Friday afternoon, Fire-Rescue received a report from the Lowcountry Regional Airport of a plane crash in the vicinity of Round O Road and Augusta Hwy., (SC Hwy 61). Engine 5, stationed about 1 mile from the location, arrived 3 minutes later and began searching for the aircraft in the thick wooded rural area. Five Sheriff's Deputy arrived a few minutes later and a nearby resident flagged them down near Lindsay Road, advising her husband was at the crash site in the woods and yelling for help. The Deputies fanned out and began searching the area and found the burning aircraft approximately 600 feet off of the roadway in a densely wooded swamp. It was not visible from the road. Engine 5 responded back to their location. Deputies advised the pilot had been ejected from the aircraft and was badly injured. Firefighter-Paramedics evaluated the conscious adult male pilot. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries and burns. He was transported in Fire-Rescue Medic 9 to a nearby field to meet with the Meducare helicopter, then flown to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. The 24 year old female passenger was found in the plane and was deceased. The Coroner's Office was requested and responded to the scene. Firefighters initially carried portable extinguishers to the site and then deployed 600 feet of hand lines to extinguish the fire. The fuselage and a separated wing found in a tree was on fire.

It was reported the plane was flying from Virginia to Florida when it experienced engine trouble. It was trying to make it to the Lowcountry Regional Airport near Walterboro when it crashed. The plane, a six seat single engine Piper, suffered heavy damage and debris was found over a 200 feet area. Round O Road between Augusta Hwy and Cannon Road was closed for three hours. Sheriff's Deputies secured the scene overnight. The following morning, personnel from the FFA, NTSB, Sheriff's Office, Civil Air Patrol, Fire-Rescue and Coroner's Office responded back to the scene to work in daylight hours to process the crash site. 

Engine 5, Engine 19, ARFF 19, Tender 19, Tender 26, Medic 9, Medic 19, Medic 26, Brush 9, Brush 27, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 102, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Chris Jones served as Incident Commander.