A Beechcraft Baron caught fire at the Greenwood County Airport Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported, despite the danger of a 100-gallon fuel tank. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Four fire departments responded to an aircraft fire at Greenwood County Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Coronaca Fire Chief Woody Owensby, at about 4 p.m., Barry White — an Abbeville resident — attempted to start his Beechcraft Baron that he had not flown in several years and saw smoke. White exited the plane and towed it out of the hangar. The plane then caught fire and a 911 call was made.
Firefighters from Coronaca, Hodges-Cokesbury, Northwest and Lower Lake fire departments — along with Greenwood County Sheriff's Office deputies and Greenwood County EMS personnel — responded.
A white, flame-retardant foam was used because of jet fuel at the scene.
"The plane had a 100-gallon tank in it," Owensby said. "The foam smothers the fuel and doesn't let it burn. Water just lets it glide off."
The fuel tank did not explode but the plane suffered severe damage.
The fire appeared to be caused by an electrical issue, Owensby said.