NTSB: Charleston Pilot Killed in Crash Was Trying to Roll

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 8/6/13 @ 1:30 p.m. GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials say a 79-year-old Charleston,W.Va. man killed when his plane crashed near the Georgetown County, SC Airport was trying to do a 360-degree roll.

Peter Knudson of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that John Prince Harris was 100 to 200 feet off the ground when his plane went down in the woods.

The findings are part of the federal agency's preliminary report on the July 29 crash. Authorities say Harris was on his way to visit family and was the pilot and only person onboard the two-seat decommissioned military aircraft when it went down at around 1:20 p.m.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/30/13
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) -- A 79-year-old West Virginia man died when his plane crashed into the woods less than a mile from the Georgetown County Airport.

Authorities say John Prince Harris of Charleston, W.Va., was on his way to visit family in Georgetown. He was the pilot and the only person onboard the two-seat decommissioned military aircraft when it crashed at 1:20 p.m. Monday.

According to flight records, Harris' Folland Gnat T1 had left Charleston, W.Va., less than an hour earlier.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Georgetown County Coroner Kenneth Johnson says Harris has a home in the area, so he frequently made trips to Georgetown.

County officials had to create a path into the dense woods so emergency crews could access the wreck.


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