The victim of Tuesday’s (Jan. 18) plane crash into an RV park in South Carolina has been identified as Eva Sullivan, 70, of Sunapee, N.H.
Sullivan and her husband were at the Briarcliff RV Resort in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday when a Cessna Sky Hawk crashed into their RV. The pilot and Sullivan were killed, and her husband was severely burned, WMUR-TV, Manchester, N.H., reported.
Kenneth Thode, 62, of Plymouth, Mass., was identified today as the pilot of the plane.
Witnesses said they saw the plane flying low enough that it clipped a tree. The aircraft exploded and then caught fire.
Crash investigators said they believe Sullivan was killed instantly.
In the Sullivans’ hometown of Sunapee, neighbors said that for the past few years, the couple had been heading south in their RV to spend January and February in warmer weather.
“They were innocently going to escape the cold of New England, as many of us wish we could, and to have this very unfortunate event happen, I’m shocked and saddened,” said neighbor Karen Maiola. “I feel terrible for the family and for the husband.”
Maiola and others on Central Street in Sunapee described the Sullivans as great neighbors and engaged members of the community.
“They were a very close couple,” Maiola said. “I know they walked every day together, and they had lived in Sunapee for years and years.”
Neighbors Bob and Joyce Buswell described Sullivan as a down-to-earth woman, sincere and caring, who always helped out in the neighborhood.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are still at the crash scene in South Carolina. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but reports indicate the pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings at a nearby airport.