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
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.
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”.