No one was injured in a fiery plane crash early this morning at Columbia Airport.
The accident was reported about 6 a.m. on the airfield runway.
According to Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Oliver, the plane made a hard landing and then burst into flames after the two pilots escaped.
"They were coming in for a landing, and something happened with the landing gear. … They skidded about a quarter-mile down the runway," Oliver said. "When the plane stopped, they both hopped out, and then the plane caught on fire."
Oliver said the airport will likely be closed until 6 p.m.
National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators were en route to the airfield this morning.
FAA records identify the plane as a 1978 Beech turbo-prop aircraft. The registered owner is Coastal Aviation, based in Sacramento.