4 hurt when small plane crashes in Union

Four people suffered minor injuries Sunday when a private plane crashed after takeoff in Union County, authorities said.

The plane went down about 2:30 p.m. shortly after taking off from Goose Creek Airport, on Lawyers Road near Rocky River Road in the northwest part of the county.

The plane, identified as a Piper Arrow, crash-landed near Charlotte National Golf Club in Indian Trail. Witnesses told the Observer that the pilot had landed, dropped off a woman, then took off with two adults and a child.

Moments later, witnesses said, the plane clipped some trees and landed near a fairway at the golf course.

The four people aboard the plane were taken to Carolinas Medical Center. All of them are expected to recover, officials said. The plane was registered to a man from the Columbia area.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.