A Hilton Head Island fire and rescue spokeswoman says the single-engine plane started leaking oil at about 13,000 feet and was trying to land at the local airport. Joheida Fister says the oil blocked the pilot's vision and he tried to land on the beach at Palmetto Dunes late Monday afternoon.
She says the pilot reported that the propeller came off the plane. She says the plane hit the man and came to rest a little farther down the beach.
The names of the man killed, pilot and passenger were not released. The plane was an Experimental Lancair IV-P.
Fister says federal transportation officials are investigating.