The pilot of a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on S.C. 302 this afternoon shortly after taking off from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
The pilot, who along with a passenger was headed to Macon, Ga., reported a problem shortly after takeoff and announced he was coming back to land, according to Lynne Douglas, spokeswoman for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. But the Cessna 182 Skylane landed about 300 yards short of the runway and came to rest about 50 yards from the “Welcome to South Congaree” at the intersection of S.C. 302 and Old Dunbar Road.
No one was injured and no one was taken to the hospital, Douglas said. The plane clipped a telephone pole on the way down, but did not hit any cars or trucks on the ground.
The telephone pole is owned by AT&T and was not being used, said South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio. The plane snaped the pole in two, portions of which rained down on two cars passing by below, causing minor damage.
Emergency workers have blocked off Highway 302 at the intersection with Old Dunbar Road.
Video: Plane makes emergency landing