Pilot dies after small plane crash near Twin Lakes Airport
TRENTON — A small airplane crashed on Monday night near Twin Lakes Airport, killing one man, who was its pilot. No other people were on board.
“I saw the airplane, and I saw the police cars and the ambulances,” said Eileen Hutson, who lives on Mooney Court near the site of the accident. “It was a white, twin-engine plane. It landed to the right of Rachel Avenue at the beginning of the woods. It was nose down in the ground, and the back of the tail was up against the trees. There was some debris lying to the left of the plane.”
Twin Lakes Airport straddles the Aiken County/Edgefield County line.
“I talked to a guy who went over to the plane before anybody else got there, and he said that he had checked the pilot's pulse; he told me that the pilot was dead,” said Hutson, who took the photographs of the aircraft that appear in today's edition of the Aiken Standard.
According to Hutson, the plane went down around 6:15 p.m. She didn't hear anything, but she knew that something unusual had happened because she got a phone call from her daughter, Terri Cheek, saying that police wouldn't let her into the subdivision where Hutson's house is located. Then, Hutson said, someone phoned her husband with the news that a plane had crashed nearby.
“I drove down there, and when I got there, there was a sea of police cars,” she said. “They already had tape up (to prevent public access to the crash scene).”
The pilot's name had not been released as of press time.
Representatives of the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office provided limited information to the Aiken Standard during the hours immediately following the crash.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.