Prominent Local CEO Dies In Plane Crash

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by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--FAA and NTSB investigators are combing through the swampy and wooded area where a Rockwell Turbo Commander 690 crashed 27 miles Northeast of Charleston Thursday Afternoon in McClellanville. It was headed to Georgetown airport after departing from Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 44 year old Patrick Eudy was on board the plane with a flight instructor who was helping get re-certified to fly his 2 engine and 11 seater plane. Both men died. A female witness was heard in a newly released 911 tape, The motor of the plane was acting up, then we heard a crash."

Eudy was President of American Broadband in Matthews. The company operates phone, cable and broadband networks in rural areas. It described him as a strong leader who will be deeply missed in a statement that also said, "Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

Eudy was a father of four who had a passion for sailing. He owns this 6 bedroom home in Myers Park, a home in Mount Pleasant and one on Kiawah Island. Eudy's relative, Jimmy Rountree, had this to say about Eudy's sudden death. "He was a great father and a great man and a good person," he told WCCB News over the phone.

Inevestigators say the flight path was erratic after air traffic control lost contact with the plane.
That happened 24 minutes before the crash split the plan into five different sections.

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