HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) - Two people were hurt when a small plane crashed in Abbeville County Monday evening, according to the pilot's daughter.
The Federal Aviation Administrastion said a single-engine Boeing Stearman crashed in woods near Brock Circle in Honea Path at 7:10 p.m.
The daughter said she talked to her father, Pat Tafta of Donalds, after the crash. Tafta told her he believes a cylinder flew off the single engine Stearman open cockpit biplane he was flying and the engine lost power.
The plane went down and crashed into the woods.
Tafta believes he suffered a broken nose and a cut that may require some stitches.
The daughter said Tafta was flying with a passenger, a person she did not know, who Tafta believes suffered a broken ankle.
"Both are going to be okay," she said.
Fire Marshal Tim Williams said the crash happened around 7:30 p.m.
Williams confirmed 2 people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Williams said there was also a small fuel leak from the crash. Anderson County HAZMAT was called in to help contain that fuel leak.
Williams said the plane took off from a grass landing strip just down the highway in Honea Path.
On Tuesday the FAA arrived to investigate the crash, but officials said it could be a while before the cause is determined. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause and will release all updates on the investigation.
We'll continue to update as we learn more.