60 Moments: Marijuana-Filled Plane Crashes in Charleston

By: Scott Saxton Email
By: Scott Saxton Email

It was one of the most high profile crimes to ever happen in Charleston.

Thirty years ago in 1979, A DC-6 cargo plane ran off the runway at what is now Yeager Airport -- and burst into flames.

While rescue teams searched for survivors, they found something else -- marijuana, and a lot of it.

According to reports at the time, 37 bails were confiscated, 20,000 pounds could have been on the plane -- worth about 8 million dollars on the street.

With everyone accounted for on the plane, the rush was on for some who wanted to test the merchandise.

Officers yelled at people with bullhorns to leave the area. They were near the site of the wreck.

One man said he got some of the marijuana and it was some of the best stuff he's ever smoked. A neighbor said as soon as the police leave, teens came to the site to fill their shirts with pot.

The plane was heading to Charleston from South America, but a bad landing turned into a memorable moment in the history of our region.

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