Summerville, SC Private Plane Crash, Oct 2009


Summerville, S.C. (AP) - An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene Thursday of a small plane crash that killed three men from South Carolina and one from Delaware.
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the investigator will likely remain at the scene at the Summerville Airport through today and could release a preliminary report in about 10 days.
He said it could take 18 months to determine the cause of the crash on Wednesday that occurred in clear weather but it pre-dawn darkness at the general aviation airport about 30 miles northwest of Charleston.
Four friends in the twin-engine Piper PA-23 were on route to Florida and then the Bahamas for an amateur radio competition.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nesbit on Thursday released the name of the fourth victim - DALLAS CARTER, 67, of Laurel, Del. Nesbit was conducting autopsies on Thursday.
On Wednesday, he identified the others as PETER RADDING, the pilot, of North Charleston, and passengers EDWIN STEEBLE and JAMES RANDOLPH HARGENRADER, both of Summerville.
Nesbit said the RADDING had flown to Delaware earlier in the week to pick up CARTER.
He said the plane likely reached an altitude of about 150 feet Wednesday before it veered and crashed into trees near the runway and burned.
One wing of the airplane apparently broke on impact and its engine was found upside down, he said.
Nesbit said the plane had not climbed high enough to be seen on radar at the Charleston International Airport about 15 miles away. The Summerville Airport has no control tower.
The NTSB investigator will record the location of the wreckage that will then be moved to a warehouse, where it will be studied more closely to determine the crash's cause, Holloway said.

Aiken Standard South Carolina