Preliminary Accident Reports

February 1999 Issue

Nov. 16, Santee, S.C. / Cessna 182P Skylane

About 12:33 EST, a Cessna 182P crashed into Lake Marion, killing the pilot. The pilot had been en route from Hilton Head, S.C. to Charleston, W.Va., but had not filed a flight plan. Witnesses said it was foggy and they could hear but not see the airplane and believed it was circling around the lake “very low.” One witness who was fishing in the area said the airplane’s engine was “screaming” and then became quiet. A short time later he was moving his boat to a different fishing spot when he ran across debris floating in the lake and saw the tail of the airplane protruding out of the water....

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