HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina are investigating after a single-engine plane with oil on its windshield hit and killed a man on a Hilton Head beach as the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing.
Hilton Head Island fire and rescue spokeswoman Joheida (Joh-HI'-da) Fister says the man was walking or jogging along the beach Monday when the Experimental Lancair IV-P plane hit him.
Fister says the plane started leaking oil. The oil on the windshield blocked the pilot's vision and he told authorities the propeller came off the plane. When he tried to land on the beach, the plane hit the beachgoer and came to rest a little farther down the beach.
FAA records show the aircraft was registered to Edward I. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., with a certificate issued in 2004.