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UPDATE: 3 people killed in plane crash near Conway neighborhood

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) - A privately owned plane crashed early Saturday afternoon near Conway killing three people.

According to Horry County Airports Marketing Director Kirk Lovell, the crash happened around 1:20 p.m. near the Wood Creek subdivision just off Dunn Shortcut Road and Warm Springs Lane.

At 8:30 PM Sunday night, Conway Police said Dunn Shortcut Road in Conway is now open. The Warm Springs Lane entrance to Woodcreek will be closed through tomorrow for clean up.

Lovell said power lines were hit and caused some in the area to lose electricity.

Lt. Selena Smalls with Conway Police Department said the three people on the plane are confirmed dead in the crash.

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Deputy Coroner Derris Fowler identified the victims as Kenneth Piuma, 42, of the Myrtle Beach area; Donald Dale Becker, 16, of Conway and James Major, 39, also of Conway who is believed to be the pilot.

According to Fowler, the pilot and two passengers were killed on impact. Autopsies revealed the victims died due to multiple traumas from the airplane crash.

None of the passengers were related.

The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) investigators were still on scene Sunday.

The FAA arrived to the scene a little after 6 pm to begin their investigations.

"A  Beechcraft BE55 Baron with three persons on board crashed near a residential subdivision. The aircraft was attempting to return to the  Conway-Horry County Airport  when the accident occurred.  The aircraft was destroyed. The FAA will release the aircraft registration information after local authorities release the IDs and conditions of the persons on board. The NTSB will determine probable cause of the accident and will release all updates," said Kathleen Bergen, PIO with the FAA.

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Smalls said there was no damage to any homes in the area as the plane crashed at the subdivision's entrance.

Penelope Hinson with Horry Electric says around 200 homes and businesses are without power due to the plane crash.  They are working to restore service to everyone, but those living closest to the crash site will be without power until the scene is cleared by authorities and the power crews are allowed inside the area, Hinson said. 

The traffic light near the Wal Mart on US 501 is without power from the crash as well.  This is causing some traffic issues Saturday afternoon with beach traffic heading in.

This is second deadly plane crash in less than a week.  John Prince Harris, age 79, of West Virginia died in a crash Monday in Georgetown County.

Count on News13 and WBTW.com to keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. 

 
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