Mechanical Issues Reported Before Fatal SC Crash

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A federal investigator says the pilot of an experimental plane that crashed in Hartsville, killing three, had no communication with air traffic control officials.

Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference Sunday that people on board the plane did talk with others on cellular phones and reported possible problems with the landing gear.

The amateur-built aircraft crashed Saturday evening between two houses in a Hartsville neighborhood. Officials identified those killed as: 29-year-old Joseph Melton Loflin II of Pelzer and his father-in-law, 61-year-old George Thomas Rogers of Society Hill; and 75-year-old Leslie Bradshaw of Hartsville.

Authorities have not said which man was the pilot.


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