The search continues for the third day of the plane crash off the coast of Carteret County; ‘no indication anyone survived’

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) — The search continued off the coast of Carteret County on Tuesday after Sunday’s plane crash that likely claimed the lives of all eight people on board.

Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder crews remained at the crash sites overnight Monday but had no new information to report. This followed a full day of searching after at least three debris fields were located about four miles east of Drum Inlet, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck told a conference call. press Monday evening.

Buck also said one body was found on Sunday but had nothing new to report on the other seven still missing. He said work would continue to locate the bodies and collect debris from the crash site.

“We have no indication that anyone survived the accident,” Buck said Monday evening.

Coast Guard officials confirmed Sunday evening that the plane, a Pilatus PC-12/47 single-engine passenger plane, crashed along the coast around 2 p.m., about four miles east of Drum Inlet, not far south of the town of Atlantic and east of Carteret County. from the Atlantic beach. Observers from the North Carolina Coast Guard Sector Command Center said in a news release Sunday that they had received a report from an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. They said the plane was seen behaving erratically on radar before disappearing from view.

The Associated Press reported that FlightAware listed a plane leaving Hyde County Airport at 1:35 p.m. Sunday and noted that it was last seen near Beaufort in Carteret County at 2:01 p.m. . It is believed that the group was returning from a hunting trip there. but no official details have been released.

According to an unconfirmed report, four of the passengers were students from East Carteret High School, reports WNCT’s Cheyenne Pagan. Buck neither confirmed nor denied on Monday night.

Coast Guard officials from Fort Macon and Elizabeth City are involved in the search with local fire departments and National Park Service beach crews. On Monday night, officials said crews from as far away as New Jersey were helping with the search and recovery.

Brandon D. James