ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man was killed in a plane crash in South Carolina Friday afternoon.
According to the Anderson County Coroner in South Carolina, a Cincinnati man who owns property in Hendersonville, NC was performing touch-and-go maneuvers when the nose pitched up and then hit the ground at the Anderson Regional Airport. He said the aircraft burst into flames, killing the pilot, William T. Hayden of Anderson Township.
Hayden was an attorney for top Downtown law firm Katz, Teller, Brant, and Hild. He had served as a director of the Midland Company, the Talbert House, and the Page Ann Hayden Foundation for Children with Special Needs. He was also a member of Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXX, and had been a Special Master in the Fernald nuclear weapons plant Settlement Fund.
Airport manager Steven Vibbard said there were two people on board the plane just before the crash happened.
"The plane did come in, let one of the guys off, he was a friend of the guy that perished in the accident," Vibbard said. "He let him off to come into the facility here, and he went back into the pattern, made one pass and something happened and he crashed into the field."
The friend is also a flight instructor, Bill Settle, also of Anderson Township. He is experienced in training pilots of Cirrus aircraft.
The coroner says the pilot's best friend was at the scene watching the maneuvers, and attempted to rescue the pilot. He suffered burns in the attempt, and was being treated at a local hospital.