Plane makes safe emergency landing on S.C. beach

A replica World War II-era Chinese Trainer single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on the beach about 300 yards from a Holiday Inn hotel in Surfside Beach on Thursday.

Stephen Robbins, Horry County Airports police chief, said the plane’s pilot declared an emergency with engine failure shortly after taking off from Myrtle Beach International Airport’s general aviation facility.

The plane attempted to return to the airport but could not make it.

There are no apparent injuries and it is not clear how many passengers were aboard the plane.

The plane is registered to Pentagon of Myrtle Beach Inc., according to a Federal Aviation Administration database. The owner’s address is listed as 1495 Crooked Pine Drive in Myrtle Beach. That is the address of Myrtle Beach area developer Blaine Liljenquist, according to a Nexis database.

It is not clear whether Liljenquist was aboard the plane.

The plane was manufactured in 1987 and is approved for exhibition operations, according to the FAA.

FAA officials are on their way from the Columbia office to investigate the accident.