Coast Guard searches for downed plane with 8 people on board off North Carolina coast

The group was to return to Beaufort, North Carolina, after a hunting trip in Hyde County, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

According to the sheriff’s office, the passengers were all from North Carolina. They were pilot Ernest Durwood Rawls, 67, and his son, Jeffrey Worthington Rawls, 28, both of Greenville; Stephanie Ann McInnis Fulcher, 42, Jonathan Kole McInnis, 15, and Douglas Hunter Parks, 45, of Sea Level; Noah Lee Styron, 15, of Cedar Island; Michael Daily Shephard, 15, and Jacob Nolan Taylor, 16, of Atlantic.

“The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office wishes to express its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families during this extremely difficult time,” the statement read.

A body was recovered on Monday. Search and rescue efforts are continuing, Major Jason Wank told CNN on Tuesday.

“We extend these sympathies and condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to the family whose body of a family member was found,” Wank said.

CNN contacted the United States Coast Guard for comment on search and rescue efforts, but did not hear back.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck told reporters at a Monday news conference that there was “no indication anyone survived the crash.”

Debris from a plane was found near Drum Inlet, where the plane is believed to have gone down, Monday morning, US Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Lehmann told CNN.

An air traffic controller at a Marine Corps air station alerted the Coast Guard to the plane, which was seen ‘behaving erratically’ on Sunday before disappearing from radar, the guards said. -ribs.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, its the media relations division tweeted Monday.

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