Victims’ Names Released In Small Plane Crash In Oconee County

Plane Crash Command Post

The Oconee County Coroner has released the names of the four people killed in a plane crash Friday, which includes a father and son. Coroner Karl Addis says the four were heading to Pickens County to attend the Clemson/Notre Dame Football game.

The four have been identified as 71 year old Charles D. Smith, who was the pilot, 44-year-old Scott A. Smith, 54-year-old Tony L. Elliott and 51-year-old Scott D. Bibler. All were from Warsaw, Indiana.

Addis says the single engine Piper Saratoga left Warsaw, IN midday Friday and was scheduled to land at the Oconee County Airport.

Addis says around 3:15pm someone called 911 to report an airplane spiraling downward in the Tabor Community of Oconee County near the SC/GA state line.

The plane crashed into Lake Hartwell Friday afternoon.

Oconee County Emergency Services located the crash site and the plane’s fuselage on the Oconee County side of the lake around 6 pm Friday.

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office found debris scattered more than a mile ranging from 6-inches to 3-foot pieces.

According to our coverage partners at the Independent Mail, the Oconee County airport says the plane made a mayday call around 3:35pm as it was on its way to the airport.

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