The pilot and passenger departed on a local flight in the twin-engine Cessna 401.
According to a witness, the pilot took off from the private grass runway in Salters, S.C., and departed the area for about 10 minutes. The airplane then returned to the airport, where the pilot performed a low pass over the runway and entered a steep climb, followed by a roll.
The airplane entered a nose-low descent, then briefly leveled off in an upright attitude before disappearing behind trees and subsequently hitting terrain. Both the pilot and passenger died in the crash.[Read more…]