Cobb County man killed when plane crashed into S.C. swamp

A Cobb County man was killed in a plane that crashed into a swamp in South Carolina Thursday.

Walker Hester, 59, of Marietta, was on board the small plane when it went down in the area of the Pee Dee River outside Columbia.

A small plane that went missing around 10:15 a.m. along the Pee Dee River, off of Highway 52 North, crashed in a swampy area, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said.

Brooks said the pilot was killed and that nobody else was on the plane.

Officials said a helicopter flying over the scene found some wreckage in a swampy area of the Pee Dee River and Brooks said an eyewitness saw the plane go down in the river.

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Officials had trouble getting to where the wreckage was because of how remote the area is.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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