UPDATE: Search for plane called off as crews find nothing
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews in Pender County have stopped a searched for a plane they were told may have done down some time yesterday.
Emergency responders set up a command post on Crooked Run Road near Willard, but crews searching on the ground and in the air found nothing.
Officials say the plane left from Albert Ellis Airport in Jacksonville yesterday morning and was headed to Michigan. They say the pilot never closed out his flight plan, which does not necessarily mean he has not landed. Regardless crews tried to pinpoint an emergency locator beacon. Investigators say the satellites that pick the signal up are not 100 percent accurate,. They’ve gotten a hit in Pender County, in Duplin County and one near Mount Olive. They say no one in the area heard or saw anything.
“It is time consuming, and we have to rule out everything,” Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said before the search was called off. “We don’t want to go off and then we find him out here alive and leave him, so we just have to rule him out of this area.”
The Civil Air Patrol and SABLE helicopter searched by air to locate the beacon.
Officials have not released the pilot’s name but they say he is in the military and his family has been notified.
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