With the sand in his feet and music in his ears, Robert Jones was doing what he loved. The Woodstock pharmaceutical salesman was oblivious to the calamity unfolding behind him.
A single-engine plane, having lost its propeller, was in the midst of an emergency landing. The pilot, Edward Smith of Chesapeake, Va., had hoped to make it to Hilton Head (S.C.) Airport, but the aircraft’s windshield was blocked by engine oil. The beach was his only option.
Witnesses say you could barely hear the Experimental Lancair IV-P plane as it made its descent a little after 6 p.m. Monday near the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. Jones was killed instantly. Smith and an unidentified passenger were unharmed.