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SC A Beech D55 Aircraft Crashes, All Three Occupants May Have Been Still Alive
 
By Jim Douglas
 

August 4, 2013 - On Saturday just after 1 PM a 1968 Beech D55 twin engine aircraft, N7641N crashed into a residential neighborhood of Wood Creek, South Carolina killing all three onboard. The aircraft was on approach returning back to Conway Horry County Airport when it crashed three miles from the airport. 

The aircraft burst into flames on a three mile approach returning back Conway Horry County Airport, South Carolina into a residential neighborhood of Wood Creek killing all three onboard. 

The pilot has been identified as James Major, 39, he held a private pilots certificate with multiengine and instrument rating. The two passengers were Kenneth Piuma, 42, Myrtle Beach, and Donald Dale Decker, 16, Conway. 

Residents of Wood Creek tried in vein to rescue the three occupants form the burning Beech D55 twin. Jessica Scott a resident said “people were trying to get them out. I don’t think they died from the crash. They were still moving”. 

Scott said she witnessed the aircraft come down. She reported the aircraft was flying “abnormally low”, stuck a utility pole before crashing to the ground. Sparks from the utility pole may have set the aircraft a blazed. “The whole side of that plane burned up. It bothers me the most that we couldn’t get them out.” 

Major’s father reported his son had flown for several years, he was an experienced pilot. “Something happened with that plane,” Major Sr. said. 

Kathleen Bergen, PIO with the FAA said "A Beechcraft BE55 Baron with three persons on board crashed near a residential subdivision. The aircraft was attempting to return to the Conway Horry County Airport when the accident occurred.  The aircraft was destroyed”.
 
 

 

 
 
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