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Investigation underway into plane crash that killed Marine

KENANSVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Federal investigators are on scene investigating a plane crash that killed a pilot in Duplin County.

Crews found the wreckage around 10 p.m. Monday less than a mile north of the Kenansville airport. The pilot was found dead inside the fuselage.

WWAY has learned the pilot was a Marine at Camp Lejeune. Because his name has not been publicly released, we have decided not to publish it at this time.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are at the crash site conducting an initial investigation. They will hand things over to the National Transportation Safety Board when its team of investigators arrives from Atlanta.

At this point there is no word on why the plane crashed.

A search for the plan began Monday afternoon in Pender County after emergency beacons originally placed the plane in that area.

Officials say the plane left Albert Ellis Airport in Jacksonville Sunday morning and was headed to Michigan when it dropped off radar.

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