Marine among names of plane-crash victims

By F.T. NORTON | (Wilmington, N.C.) Star-News | Published: May 28, 2014

The names of two people killed when a plane that flew out of Wilmington crashed in dense woods in Chester, S.C., on Sunday night were released Tuesday.

The Chester County coroner said the crash victims are Ericsson Davis, 24, and Anisa Rossi, 22.

Davis was a Marine from Florida. He was a 1st Lieutenant stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River. Rossi was from Rhode Island, but lived in Wilmington, officials said. On her Facebook page, Rossi indicated she'd moved to Surf City earlier this month. Both were found dead in the wreckage.

A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing confirmed that the male involved in the aircraft "mishap" was a Marine station with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station New River.

"I'm not authorized to release or confirm a name until 24 hours after next of kin notification due to Department of Defense policies," First Lt. Hector Alejandro said in a news release.

On May 19 a Marine from the same unit was killed when he fell from an Osprey aircraft during training near White Lake. Steven Hancock's body was recovered May 20.

Chester County Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy said the two occupants of the single-engine Grumman AA1V were found deceased in the wreckage Monday.

"I got a call about 11 a.m. (Monday) saying the plane disappeared and its last known ping was in Chester County," Murphy said. He described the area where the plane went down as "hilly, desolate and densely wooded." Murphy said his emergency dispatchers did not receive any calls from witnesses reporting a crash.

Capt. Robert McCullough with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said a DNR fixed-wing plane spotted the wreckage about 4 p.m. Monday off S.C. 72.

The wreckage of the AA1 aircraft was found about 10 miles southwest of the regional airport in Chester, said Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the southern region of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was headed to Heaven's Landing in Clayton, Ga., with a planned stop at the Hartsville airport in South Carolina, said Gary Broughton, director of operations at the Wilmington International Airport. Wilmington airport authorities got a call about 9:45 p.m. Sunday saying that the plane was overdue for its landing in Georgia, Broughton said. The FAA also issued an alert notice late Sunday after the plane's owner called the FAA to report it missing, Bergen said. The alert notice prompted a search.

The plane is registered to Warriors to Wings Aero Club in Sneads Ferry.

According to its Facebook page, Warriors to Wings is a nonprofit group "designed to give military pilots and aviation enthusiasts easy access to the amazing world of civil aviation."

Attempts to contact the club were not immediately successful.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

F.T. Norton: 343-2070

On Twitter: @FTNorton


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