A fighter jet crashed in South Carolina on Thursday, after failing to come to a stop on the runway, killing at least two.
(Greenville Police Department)
At least two people have died after a jet crashed Thursday afternoon in South Carolina if it failed to come to a stop on the runway and went down an embankment.
It was not immediately clear why the jet did not stop after landing at Greenville Downtown Airport, Airport Director Joe Frasher told FOX Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation.
The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and the co-pilot died in a nearby hospital, the coroner told the station. A couple on board the plane are in critical condition.
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Roads around the south side of the airport are currently suspended, if a plane went of the runway and crashed on the Airport Road. The call came in around 1:30p.m. GPD is assisting GCFD and the EMS. More details will follow. #gvlpd
The co-pilot was identified as Stephen George Fox, 66, of Florida. The pilot, who has not yet been identified pending next-of-kin notification, is a man in his late 40s, the coroner told the station.
Frasher told the station one of the pilots was found unconscious leaning against the accelerator pedal and the engine still ran, throwing dirt and dust in the air when rescue crews arrived.
A pilot and Co-pilot Dead and a couple Fighting for Life After Passenger Plane Crashes Off The Track:https://t.co/E0sJGSaXyQ#Aviation #Aircraft
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Hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene for the cleanup of oil leaking from the Dassault-Breguet Falcon 50.
It was not immediately clear where the flight originated, the station reported.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.