HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC/AP) - A 38-year-old jogger from Georgia was killed after a single-engine plane making an emergency landing hit him as he ran on a South Carolina beach listening to his iPod.
The coroner said Tuesday that Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., apparently did not hear the troubled plane that struck him from behind on Hilton Head Island The plane had lost its propeller and the pilot's vision was blocked by oil on the windshield.
Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen says he plans to conduct an autopsy. He says Jones was married and had two children.
Hilton Head fire and rescue spokeswoman Joheida (Joh-HI'-da) Fister says the identities of the pilot and a passenger on the Experimental Lancair IV-P plane were not released. They were not injured.
Emergency crews responded to Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island when the experimental single engine plane made an emergency landing on the beach, near the Dunes House.
The crash happened after 6 pm Monday. The pilot told Hilton Head Island firefighters he was flying from Orlando, FL to Virginia when the plane got an oil leak and blinded the windshield.
He was trying to get to the nearest airport, which was the Hilton Head Island Airport when the pilot said the propeller fell off forcing him to do an emergency landing on the beach.
Both the pilot and his passenger escaped without injury.
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue, The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, the Beaufort County Coroner's Office and Beaufort County Emergency Management all responded to the scene.
The investigation will be turned over to the National Traffic Safety Board, who are on the way to the scene along with the FAA.