Lake Murray, SC 01/13/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Shortly before 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the Lexington County 911 center received a report that a plane had crashed into Lake Murray. It was in the area of Taylor’s Cove and Fiddlers Branch Roads off US Hwy 378 north of the city of Lexington. 911 dispatchers immediately dispatched several units of the EMS and Lexington County Fire Department. They also sent deputies and boats from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department to this call.
The first firefighter to arrive tried to position himself so that he had the best view from the shore to see if he could see the aircraft. His initial reports said he could not see the aircraft, but he did see the sheen of an oil or fuel slick above the water. Within moments, he was informed by people ashore that the occupants of the plane had escaped, reached the shore, and someone had picked them up in a vehicle.
When the first law enforcement boat arrived, it was confirmed that fuel was leaking from the downed plane. The carriers immediately began the process of notifying the appropriate environmental agencies about this.
We have since received details from an eyewitness who said the plane was a Cirrus which is a model fitted with an emergency parachute. In the event of an emergency causing the aircraft to stop at altitude, the aircraft’s parachute can be deployed and this mitigates any impact when the aircraft returns to earth. In this case, eyewitnesses say the parachute deployed and the plane floated gently to the surface of the water where the two occupants escaped before sinking.
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PHOTO: General area of Lake Murray where the plane crashed.
PHOTO CAPTION: The plane’s emergency parachute just after impact with the waters of Lake Murray. Photo for The Ledger by Brian Staples