A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said investigators plan to release new details Monday afternoon into a Hartsville experimental plane crash that killed three people over the weekend.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the press conference would be held at Hollandia Park Circle, located in the northern Hartsville neighborhood where the small plane went down on Saturday evening. It will be the second press briefing in two days.
Three men were killed in Saturday’s crash, according to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee. He identified the dead as Joseph Melton Loflin II, 29, of Pelzer; his father-in-law, George Thomas Rogers, 61, of Society Hill; and Leslie Bradshaw, 75, of Hartsville. Officials have not said which of the three were flying the home-built aircraft.
The lead NTSB investigator on-site Todd Gunther said no one on board the Lancair IV-P spoke with air traffic controllers during the flight.
“However, there was some communication with other individuals through cellular telephone,” he told reporters on Sunday. “Those communications regarded a possible problem with landing gear on the aircraft. That’s something we’re still sorting out.”
Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd told reporters that someone identifying themselves as a family member called 911 to report problems with the plane’s landing gear. The plane struck two trees before it crashed, and it caught fire after the crash, not before, Gunther said. It did still have fuel when it crashed, he said.
The turboprop plane was a kit-built aircraft that seated four people. The Federal Aviation Administration had licensed it, Gunther said.