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Small plane makes hard landing near North Myrtle Beach

(North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue)

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) - A small plane crashed near the Grand Strand Airport, which is off of Highway 17 near Atlantic Beach, at around 11 a.m. on Monday.

North Myrtle Beach city spokesman Pat Dowling says the plane was carrying a pilot and two passengers when it ran off the runway, possible due to a landing gear problem.

He says no one was hurt.

The plane was registered to a tour company based near the airport.

Executive Helicopters, Inc./ Myrtle Beach Air Tours has owned the plane since 2016, according to the FAA.

Witnesses say they saw the plane nosedive as it went off the airstrip while landing.

"I was mowing the lawn and the fire trucks came through and at first they went over to this area, but then they realized the plane was over here, and then they all shot across the field over here, but I didn't hear any crash or anything like that," said Tom Dorsey, whose house is next to the airstrip.

Dorsey says he's lived by the airstrip for three years and this is a first for him.

"First time I've seen this since I've been here. It's always been quiet here," said Dorsey.

Other witnesses in the area say there was no fire or smoke.

The North Myrtle Beach Fire Department posted in Facebook that the only hazard was a minor fuel leak.

WPDE has reached out to the company for comment and will bring you updates as they come in.

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