Plane hits, kills man in S Carolina

2010-03-16 10:15

Hilton Head - An official says a plane making an emergency landing struck and killed a man who was walking or jogging along a Hilton Head, South Carolina, beach.

A Hilton Head Island fire and rescue spokesperson said the single-engine plane started leaking oil at about 3 900 metres and was trying to land at the local airport. Joheida Fister said the oil blocked the pilot's vision and he tried to land on the beach at Palmetto Dunes late Monday afternoon.

She said the pilot reported that the propeller came off the plane. She said the plane hit the man and came to rest a little farther down the beach.

The names of the man killed, pilot and passenger were not released. The plane was an Experimental Lancair IV-P.

Fister said federal transportation officials are investigating.