Evidence is being gathered from the crash site of a Cessna airplane that crashed off of Snipes Pond Road on Thursday, killing pilot Stephen Radke.
Radke was en route to Aiken Municipal Airport when the plane took a nosedive at a 45 degree angle in foggy, windy and rainy conditions. After impact, the debris field was scattered over a 300×150 foot radius and Radke was reportedly killed instantly.
No reports were received from the pilot that he was in any sort of danger over the course of the flight.
During the flight, Radke contacted an Augusta tower to tell them that he couldn’t see his landing site and would be flying back to his origin, Beaufort County Airport. Soon after, at 9:36 am, an explosion was reported by a crew of electricians and they called 911. He was slated to arrive at Aiken Municipal just four minutes later.
Officials are now awaiting the results of a toxicology report on the victim, and the NTSB is investigating the large swath of destruction in the wooded crash site.