Small plane crashes into pond in Lexington County

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The 85-year-old pilot of a small, private plane has died in a crash into a pond in West Columbia.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the pilot as Robert “Bob” Russell Jr. of Columbia.

She says Russell died at the scene from his injuries. He was the only person on board. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Russell’s single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport about 9:15 a.m. Saturday toward Asheville, North Carolina.

The plane crashed on private property near the Pine Grove Softball Complex.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigating.