by: Kevin Accettulla, Hawker Vanguard/WJZY
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW/WJZY) — The man who was killed in a plane crash Friday along Highway 707 in Socastee was an American Airlines pilot, according to the airline.
The loss of American Airlines pilot James Harper is being felt across the company, but especially in Charlotte where he was based as an Airbus captain. Harper was killed Friday when the Piper PA-31 he was flying crashed shortly after takeoff.
The plane was registered to PJS, LLC based in North Myrtle Beach, according to FlightAware. Data from FlightAware shows the plane took off from Myrtle Beach International Airport at 6:12 p.m. and shows a flight path that ends near the location of the crash.
Controllers at Myrtle Beach International Airport could be heard communicating with Harper moments before the crash.
Witnesses who saw and heard the plane before it crashed told News13 they ran over to help.
“We saw this plane going super low overhead, heard a noise like a bang or a pop and just ran over across the street through the traffic seeing if we could help, seeing what happened,” Sarah Ortega said.
An off-duty Horry County police officer who witnessed the crash tried to help but was injured, authorities said.
In a Twitter post, HCPD Chief Joseph Hill said the officer, who hasn’t been identified, was knocked off his feet when the aircraft exploded. He was resting at home Saturday morning after being taken to the hospital. Hill called him a “true hero.”
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.
News13 reached out to American Airlines, which said it did not have a public comment.
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence County deputies arrested a man after they say he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint.
Around 8:41 p.m. Sunday, Carl Allen, 41, is accused of entering a convenience store on South Irby Street and demanding money from the store clerk at gunpoint, according to authorities.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A number of Ellume brand at-home COVID-19 test kits are being recalled after an increased number of false-positive test results.
The company said it worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the affected tests from the market. Ellume has also said it has isolated the cause and confirmed this incidence of false positives is limited to specific lot numbers. Click here for the specific lot numbers.
BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) – The superintendent of Marlboro County Schools, Dr. Gregory A. McCord, has announced he plans to reimburse the district after he was placed on administrative leave.
McCord admitted that he allowed the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, of which he is a member, to operate on the property of Bennettsville Intermediate School without first speaking to the Marlboro County Board of Education.