Twisted and scattered metal fragments were all that remained on Saturday from a single-engine plane, which rushed into the forest during a fatal and fierce accident on the Sinclair Plantation road at the northern tip of the island of St. Simons.
The accident occurred around 9:25 am on Saturday, the pilot was flying the Cessna 182 plane from the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport to the St. Simons Island McKinnon Airport at the southern tip of the island, said Brian Scott, Chief General Staff of the Glynn County Police. Department. Glynn County Coroner Chris Stewart confirmed that the pilot died in the accident. After identifying the closest relatives, police identified the deceased pilot on Sunday as Roger Crane, 80, of Bluffton, S.C.
The Glynn County Fire Department responded to a call at 9:25 a.m. Saturday on a possible plane crash in the forests of Sinclair Plantation Road, a road that is closed on Lawrence Road and leads to the Oatland Plantation estate.
"The firefighters came to the scene, they found an area of the forest that was heavily burned by the fire," Scott said during a press conference on Saturday afternoon near the scene of the accident. "Once they put out the fire, they were able to confirm that a plane crashed."
Earlier Savannah reports indicated that the pilot had pbadengers aboard the four-seater plane, but officials at the scene of the accident said the pilot was the sole occupant. "Although the plane is designed for four pbadengers, we have no reason to believe that there is anyone else on the plane other than the pilot," Scott said.
Large pieces of metal from the remains were scattered along a patch of charred brush, pine and oak that stretched about 30 meters wide. The crash site was in the woods on the south side of Lawrence Road, a ¼ mile east of Lawrence Road.
On the northern outskirts of the burned forest area, a thick oak trunk was pulled about 20 meters high, the only indication of the plane's descent into the forest area. There seemed to be a deep indentation in the ground at the center of the remains.
The cause of the accident has not been determined, however, officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and were en route to the accident on Saturday afternoon, Scott said.