One person has been found dead after a small plane crashed off the coast of North Carolina.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck along with the US Coast Guard shared details of the investigation.
According to Buck, one body has been recovered but the search for the other seven is still ongoing. “We have no indication of any survivors from the crash.”
WITN reported that a businessman and his girlfriend are believed to be among the missing.
Parks Hunter and his girlfriend, Stephanie Fulcher, were returning from a duck hunting trip in Hyde County when the plane they were on Sunday crashed, Tom Harrison said.
“He is one of the most generous people I know and he has a hunting property and has invited a large number of young veterans,” said Harrison.
“There was a special duck season, a day long duck season for the youth and veterans and he invited them all to his facility for duck hunting.
“And they went hunting there on Saturday and were still in Hyde County at lunchtime yesterday and flew home yesterday when the crash happened,”
Harrison also said that four boys from the Carteret County area were also on the flight.
According to officials, followers of the North Carolina Coast Guard Sector Command Center received reports of a possible downed plane from an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point around 2pm on Sunday.
The report noted that the aircraft “behaves erratically” on radar before disappearing from radar screens.
Officials confirmed Monday that there were eight people on board at the time.
Their identities are yet to be confirmed.
Shortly after 11 a.m., officials said the debris field where the plane is believed to have crashed had been found. Efforts have been directed to that area in search of survivors.
Based on WNCTFour of the passengers are believed to be students at East Carteret High School. However, these reports have not yet been confirmed by the authorities.
Carteret County Public Schools issued a statement to the agency, saying: “We are deeply saddened to join the Down East and East North Carolina communities as we await official information regarding the plane crash off Drum Inlet.”
Coast Guard officials said they have two fleets of boats searching and crew from the City of Elizabeth.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the missing plane was a single-engine Pilatus PC-12/47.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
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