Georgetown County authorities have identified the pilot killed when a small airplane crashed near the Andrews Airport and said he did not die immediately.

The pilot, Richard Gross, 66, McClellanville, was alive after impact, Georgetown County deputy coroner Paulette Radcliffe said Thursday.

Radcliffe said the initial call about the crash was logged at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Gross was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m.

The airplane crashed into the woods near the airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Lt. Neil Johnson with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office said the Stinson model 108 fixed-wing, single-engine plane Gross was piloting crashed around noon about 150 yards from the airport's runway.

The crash caused officials to temporarily close the airport, said Pete Kinder, chairman of the Georgetown County Airport Commission.

The airport sits off Gapway Road on a secluded parcel of land with mostly tall grass and swampy terrain on three sides.

Johnson said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board is handling the crash investigation.

The FAA will investigate whether the pilot was landing or taking off or neither when the crash occurred, said Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the agency.

She said there was no air-traffic control communication with the pilot.

The crash was the second in the area since a private plane crashed into a mobile home park in North Myrtle Beach, killing the three people aboard and injuring four on the ground.

Gross had had his plane at a hangar at the Andrews airport for less than six months, Kinder said.

Prior to that time, Gross had his plane on the tarmac at the Georgetown County Airport.

Kinder said he never saw Gross fly the plane in that nearly six-month period.