South Carolina: A 38-year-old pharmaceutical salesman has died after being hit from behind by a four-seater Lancair IV-P aircraft. The plane was making an emergency landing after running into difficulties at 13,000 feet.
The plane was coming in silently having lost its engine and pilot Edward I. Smith had limited visibility due to oil on the windshield. Jogger Robert Gary Jones, who was listening to music with ear buds, never heard or saw the aircraft coming.
Investigations are continuing into the accident but a former NTSB official backed the decision to crash land on the beach, saying that this sort of aircraft "sinks like a rock". Both Smith and a passenger escaped relatively unscathed.