Pilot dead after plane crashes in Andrews

ANDREWS, SC (WCSC) - One person is dead after a plane crashed in a wooded area near the Andrews Municipal Airport, Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson told the Georgetown Times.

Lt. Neil Johnson, spokesman for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, said a small plane crashed in a wooded area 150 yards off of the runway at the Andrews Airport. He said the pilot was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed.

Richard H. Gross of McClellanville died in the accident said officials from the coroner's officer. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Emergency crews spent part of the morning trying to access the remote scene near Highway 521.

Officials said investigators with the FAA and NTSB are en route to the scene. The airport has been closed for the day while investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration look into the cause of the accident, said the Times.

The coroner has not yet released the name of the pilot.

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