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Pilot and two passengers killed after small plane crashes in South Carolina

Stephanie Robusto / WMBF

A pilot and two passengers were confirmed dead after a small plane went down in a South Carolina subdivision on Saturday, police said.

The small private plane crashed near the entrance of the Wood Creek subdivision in Conway, S.C., around 1:20 pm local time, said Kirk Lovell, marketing director at the Horry County Department of Airports.

The pilot was James Major, 39, of Conway, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler. The passengers were Kenneth Piuma of Myrtle Beach, S.C., who was in his early 40s, and Donald Dale Decker, 16, of Conway, according to Fowler.

Some power lines in the area were taken down by the aircraft, Lt. Selena Small of the Conway Police Department told NBC News, causing some outages. The plane landed in the entrance to the subdivision and did not damage any homes, she said. A fire on the ground has been put out.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on their way to the scene, Small said. They are expected to arrive by Saturday evening.

The plane is a general aviation plane that left from Conway Airport, Lovell confirmed to NBC News.

There are no reports of any additional injuries or deaths as a result of the crash.