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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234942
Last updated: 12 July 2020
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Date:09-APR-2020
Time:20:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ALIG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Arion Lightning LS-1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N81DJ
C/n / msn: 42
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO/KLRO), SC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach International Airport, SC (MYR/KMYR)
Destination airport:Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison field, SC (KLRO)
Narrative:
An experimental amateur-built Arion Aircraft Lightning LS-1 airplane, N81DJ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Mount Pleasant Regional Airport-Faison Field (LRO), South Carolina, USA. The pilot and the flight instructor were fatally injured.
The student pilot, who had recently purchased the airplane, and the flight instructor departed Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina about 20:15. After departure from runway 36 at MYR the airplane climbed and turned left enroute to LRO, about 65 nautical miles away. After climbing to an enroute altitude of about 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) the pilot requested flight following services from ATC. About 15 miles from LRO, the pilot requested a descent into LRO which was approved; the pilot subsequently stated that they wanted to conduct a touch-and-go landing, and that they would be returning to MYR after completing the maneuver. The controller instructed the pilot to remain on their present transponder squawk code and
approved a change to the LRO common traffic advisory frequency. There was no further communication with the pilot.
The airplane entered descending left turn onto final approach to LRO runway 17; the last radar target showed the airplane at an altitude of 525 ft on final to the runway. About 8 minutes later, ATC was notified by local law enforcement that a witness had reported that they heard an aircraft engine "spool up and cut out" near the airport.

Sources:

https://www.live5news.com/2020/04/10/search-missing-plane-resume-sunrise/
https://www.wmbfnews.com/2020/04/10/search-missing-plane-near-mt-pleasant-resume-sunrise/
https://www.wsoctv.com/news/south-carolina/2-dead-small-plane/S2Y5CQQLOMLJX6JMVKMTMMKFVQ/
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N81DJ/history/20200410/0014Z/KMYR/KLRO
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=81DJ

https://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/7/8/1/1836187.jpg?v=v40 (photo)

https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20200410X81131&AKey=1&RType=Prelim&IType=LA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Apr-2020 13:33 Captain Adam Added
10-Apr-2020 13:36 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]
10-Apr-2020 15:17 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Apr-2020 16:12 harro Updated [Date, Time]
12-Jul-2020 19:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Jul-2020 19:45 harro Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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