Hilton Head Island Plane Crash Pictures: Lancair IV P?

A Lancair IV-P airplane crashed onto the Palmetto Dunes area of Hilton Head Island, killing jogger Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Georgia. Jones was jogging while listening to his iPod as the Lancair IV-P, a small single-engine airplane, made an emergency landing on the beach. The Lancair IV-P aircraft had lost its propellor, forcing it to land on the beach. Robert Gray Jones presumably didn't hear the plane as it glided onto the beach.

The plan was to glide the propeller less plane to the Hilton Head Airport but weather conditions forced the pilot to crash land at the beach.

Robert Gary Jones was a pharmaceutical salesman on a business trip, looking forward to getting home to celebrate his daughter's third birthday. He was enjoying a moment to himself on this resort island, jogging on the beach and listening to his iPod. That was bad luck.

Who was flying the Lancair IV P? He must feel really bad right now.

asked by Albert in Aircraft | 6388 views | 03-16-2010 at 10:39 PM

The pilot of the Lancair IV p plane, Edward Smith of Chesapeake, Virginia refused to say much about the incident save confirm that he had been flying the plane. "I've got a lot of issues going on right now. I've got a plane that's all torn up. And I've got a young man that I killed."

The plane before this tragedy, had left from Orlando at 4:45 PM and was headed for Virginia, according to Hilton Head Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Joheida Fister. Fister has said that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

The Lancair IV-P aircraft, which can be built from a kit, had lost its propeller and was "basically gliding" as it hit and instantly killed Jones, said Ed Allen, the coroner for Beaufort County on the South Carolina coast.

This are the pictures of the Hilton Head Island plane crash.

Hilton Head Island plane crash

Hilton Head Island plane crash

Hilton Head Island plane crash

No photos of the dead guy though.

The aircraft started leaking oil at about 13,000 feet which led to an engine failure. The plane had to be glided down as there was no power in the propeller. Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga was jogging at the beach while listening to an iPod. He was hit by one of the plane’s wings from behind.

The Lancair IV-P pilot and passenger were not injured. Officials also say personnel from Hilton Head Fire & Rescue, the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office, and Beaufort County Emergency Management arrived on the scene, but couldn't save Robert Gary Jones.

Just before it landed on the beach near the Palmetto Dunes resort, it struck the jogger from behind. "It was obvious that the engine had gone out because there was no sound—it was like a glider,” a witness told the Island Packet of Hilton Head. “It was awful."

Marshall Clary was sitting in his home office overlooking the beach when the crash happened about 6:10 p.m. He said he heard nothing when the plane hit Jones and didn't realize something was wrong until he heard emergency helicopters overhead a short time later.

answered by Adam | 03-16-2010 at 10:49 PM

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