New Bern Surgeon And Family Die In Plane Crash In South Carolina Friday

Authorities say four people died Friday afternoon when a twin-engine plane crashed into the Stono River while trying to land at a small airport near Charleston, South Carolina. A work colleague has confirmed that Dr. Ray B. Armistead, his wife and two daughters were on board the plane and headed to Charleston for a couple of days.

The plane was found around 6 PM, more than four hours after it went down.

Coast Guard officials say divers have recovered one body, that of a young female. Because it is so dark, they have secured the crash area along the river and will return Saturday to recover the remaining three bodies.

The Federal Aviation Administration records show the Cessna 340-A was registered to Orthopedic Surgeon Ray B. Armistead of New Bern.

Authorities say the plane was trying to land at the Johns Island Executive Airport southwest of downtown Charleston.