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1 person found dead searching for plane with 8 people that crashed off North Carolina coast


One person has been found dead as authorities search for a plane carrying eight people that crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday.

A Pilatus PC-12 single-engine plane with eight people on board crashed about 4 miles east of Drum Inlet on Sunday, according to a statement released Monday by the Coast Guard.

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North Carolina Coast Guard Sector Command Center personnel received a report ofa possible downed aircraft” from an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, stating that “the aircraft was seen behaving erratically on radar and then disappeared from radar screen”, says the press release.

The report prompted the Coast Guard to launch boat crews from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City. Local firefighters, the sheriff’s department and National Park Service beach crews also responded.

Searchers found a debris field in the area, Coast Guard spokesman NCO Edward Wargo said.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Carteret County Sheriff Asa B. Buck III. said a body of someone on the plane was found on Sunday and identified by authorities.

Buck declined to name the person whose body was found and said the search for the other seven was continuing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened around 2 p.m. Sunday, about 18 miles northeast of Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, according to the release.

Courtney Brogle and The Associated Press contributed.

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