(NEW YORK) – Authorities are searching for the wreckage of a plane that crashed off North Carolina with eight people on board over the weekend.
One person has been identified, but authorities are still locating the remains of the other passengers, Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck said at a Monday news conference.
There is “no indication that anyone survived the accident”, he said.
The Pilatus PC-12 single-engine passenger plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
The Coast Guard responded that evening after receiving a report from an air traffic controller that a plane had been seen behaving erratically on radar and then disappeared from radar screen, according to a Press release.
The Sheriff’s Department, National Park Service beach crews, Towboat US and the Down East Fire Department are also involved in recovery efforts.
However, the search was hampered by the fact that the wreckage was moved further out into the ocean.
“This search and part of the recovery went well in the evening, until the early hours of the morning,” Buck said. “And then this morning many agencies came back and again located the debris field that had moved farther offshore – 5, 10, 15 miles offshore.”
Buck noted that there were now three separate debris fields.
“We are also still, at this time, in the process of locating the main part of the aircraft, the fuselage, with the aim of locating this part of the aircraft and continuing to locate passengers on board the aircraft. plane,” he said. .
A Coast Guard representative said “vessels from as far away as Cape May, New Jersey” were working on the search.
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