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Victims identified in fatal Mt. Pleasant plane crash

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC -

Officials are investigating a fatal plane crash in Mount Pleasant that killed a student pilot and his instructor.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have started their investigation of the crash and will be holding a press conference Friday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday at approximately 11:36 a.m. the Charleston County Aviation Authority Police Department was notified of a plane crash at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport with two fatalities.

The Charleston County Coroner's office says 20-year-old Matthew Gaither, of Johns Island, and 33-year-old Graham Borland, of North Charleston, both died at the scene.

According to the Hangar, Gaither was a student learning how to fly.

Gaither is a graduate of James Island High School, where he was on the football team and wrestling team.

It is unclear at this time what caused the plane to crash.

The plane, identified as a Cessna

CCAA Police and Operations teams responded to the scene to provide assistance to Mount Pleasant first responders.

The plane is located in a grassy area approximately 200 yards from the north end of Runway 17/35. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the accident and are investigating the cause of the crash.

Mount Pleasant Regional Airport is one of two general aviation airports owned by the Charleston County Aviation Authority. The single-runway airport is operated by Atlantic Aviation on behalf of the CCAA.

Mount Pleasant Regional Airport is used primarily by recreational and leisure fliers.


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