After a plane went down Monday night at the Twin Lakes Air Park, there were many questions to what happened.
Edgefield County's Chief Deputy Coroner identified the victim as 56-year-old Richard Showalter, of Graniteville, who was the plane's pilot.
After talking to family and friends, they said Showalter was a very experienced pilot. He spent 22 years as an air traffic controller, and was a certified flight instructor.
Alan Swires was sitting at inside a nearby hanger last night when he heard a loud noise outside on the tarmac.
"We heard a low flying plane that was in the back part of the hanger, and the runways in the front part of the hanger… and right after we heard the engine noise, we heard the crash," said Swires.
As soon as he heard the plane go down, Swires said he immediately ran out to the back of the field off Rachel Avenue.
He and his friend checked the man for a pulse, but there was nothing.
"We saw that there was not any way he could of made it," said Swires.
The National Transportation Safety Board arrived to the scene this Tuesday morning to start its investigation on the remains of the Piper PA 23—160.
NTSB Investigator Todd Gunther said they don't know much as of now, but are taking reports from witnesses around the area.
"Witness statements right now what we understand was that there was a noise, either a sputtering noise or what they sensed as a loss of power," said Gunther.
For now the investigation continues into what happened when the twin-engine plane came down.
"Some of the things that we will be looking at as part of the investigation are the weather conditions that occurred at the time of the accident, the physiology of the pilot, and the systems on the airplane," said Gunther.
The NTSB will have results on their investigation of the crash within 5 to 7 days.
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