Federal investigators are now on the scene of a small plane crash near the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport that killed two people Thursday morning.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the wreckage of the Cessna 150 for evidence of why the plane crashed while taking off shortly after 11:30 a.m.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has identified the victims as 20-year-old Matt Gaither of Johns Island and 33-year-old Graham Borland of North Charleston, a flight instructor.
A statement from the Charleston County Aviation Authority said the wreckage was found in a grassy area approximately 200 yards from the north end of the airport’s sole runway.
The plane was registered to Hanger Aviation out of Johns Island. When contacted by the Charleston Post & Courier, the company said had been leasing out the plane for two weeks.
Another pilot who witnessed the crash told the Moultrie News he watched the plane struggling to get into the air. The witness said the pilot turned around to come back and the plane nosedived into the ground.