Pilot Identified In Fatal Crash

Posted on Aug 26, 2010
   The pilot of a plane that crashed into the woods Wednesday near Andrews Airport is dead, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials. The pilot, Richard Gross, 66, of McClellanville, S.C. was the only one in the plane. He crashed about 150 yards from the airport's runway, said Lt. Neil Johnson of the Georgetown County's Sheriff's Office.

   Gross was alive at the time of impact, about 11:10 a.m., but died at the scene about 12:10 p.m., officials said. The plane was a Stinson model 108 fixed wing single engine plane. The airport has been temporarily closed and planes are landing on a case-by-case basis.

   The plane was hangared at the Andrews Airport for less than six months, before that it was at the Georgetown County Airport, said Pete Kinder, chair of the Georgetown County Airport Commission. Kinder never saw Gross fly his plane in that six-month period.

   There was no air traffic control communication with the pilot, FAA officials said.

   The National Transportaion Safety Board will be conducting an investigation. The weater is not thought to have been a factor in the crash.

   The only other plane crash in the Myrtle Beach area this summer happened July 14 when a plane hit a mobile home park in North Myrtle Beach, killing three on board and injuring four on the ground.