The man was walking or jogging along Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head, when the Experimental Lancair IV-P plane struck him, said Hilton Head Island fire and rescue spokeswoman Joheida Fister.
The plane started leaking oil at about 13,000 feet and tried originally to reach the Hilton Head Airport, Fister said. The oil on the windshield blocked the pilot's vision and the propeller came off the plane. As he was attempting to land on the beach near the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, the plane hit the man and stopped a little farther down the beach, the spokeswoman said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the case.
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