Attempts to locate the remnants of a plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Myrtle Beach State Park last month have been unsuccessful, according to recent release from the National Transportation Safety Board, which also gives the pilot’s account of what happened the day of the crash.
A salvage company has been trying to find the submerged wreckage of a privately owned Mooney M20R, that crashed with only the pilot onboard, but attempts have been unsuccessful, according to the release.
The pilot was not injured during the crash, which happened about 4:30 p.m. May 9 shortly after the pilot took off from the Myrtle Beach International Airport headed to Charleston International Airport, the release says.
The report notes the pilot’s account of the events that unfolded that afternoon: “According to the pilot, he departed runway 18 and began climbing on a 180 heading. About 300 feet above ground level, he ‘felt a strong jolt, as if something had hit [the airplane]’ and a few seconds later he realized the engine had stopped. He advised the tower controller that he had a problem, and performed a ditched landing straight ahead. The airplane initially remained afloat, he egressed through the cabin door, and stood on the wing until the airplane began to sink. A tour helicopter operating in the area responded and dropped a life preserver to the pilot. He was rescued by an individual on a personal watercraft.”
The release states that Federal Aviation Administration records show the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, and instrument airplane, according to the release, which also says he has logged 1,500 hours of flight experience in the same make and model as the one he was operating during the crash.