Pilot, passenger transported to hospital after plane crashes in Sumter

A twin-engine plane crashed off Winkles Road and caught fire Saturday morning.

It is unknown whether the crash was caused from pilot error, malfunction or other factor, but there were two individuals, a pilot and passenger, on board, according to Joey Duggan, division chief for the Sumter Fire Department.

Duggan said the individuals were conducting mineral expiration for the United States Geological Survey, a scientific agency of the federal government.

Duggan said the blaze had the Piper PA-31 twin engine aircraft “pretty much burnt up,” and the pilot and passenger were both transported to Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Their conditions are unknown, but they were both conscious after the crash.

The Sumter Fire Department responded to the scene, and updates will be made as more information becomes available.

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