A single-passenger airplane crashed in the Congaree River in Calhoun County on Saturday afternoon.
The pilot was able to bring the Mooney single-engine plane down and escape without injury, according to Capt. Robert McCullough of the Department of Natural Resources. The plane went down sometime around 1 p.m. near the Richland-Calhoun County line, he said.
The plane’s location has been marked, but the craft is is completely submerged, McCullough said.
The FAA is investigating the incident. McCullough said he was not aware of what caused the plane to go down.
The Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia would neither confirm nor deny the plane had taken off or had planned to land at the field.