Recovery crews move in to remove plane from crash site

By Ava

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- It took about an hour of unloading different materials before crews could gear up to go recover a plane that crashed miles from the South Tibwin entrance to the Francis Marion Forest near Highway 17.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the flight went down on Thursday afternoon about 40 miles outside of Charleston.

The crash victims, who were piloting the Rockwell International 690B now identified as Patrick Eudy and Robert Ulrich, never sent out a distress signal, according to a NTSB spokesperson.

Heavy machinery like excavators was required for the plane removal which could take hours to finish.

A truck and trailer from Atlanta Air Recovery arrived from Georgia to pick up the recovered parts. Those parts will return to Georgia for further inspection by the NTSB.