Plane crashes near Marineland in Flagler County


At least one person was killed in a plane crash near Marineland the night of July 13.

The FAA said that it lost contact with the Piper PA44 aircraft approximately 22 miles north of Ormond Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it believes two people were aboard the plane. The identity of the pilot, and any passengers, has not yet been released.

- A Piper Seminole two-engine airplane was found in a wooded area across from the River to Sea Preserve in Marineland Friday morning. "There is no indication we will find survivors", Staly said. "The scene is secure; There's no danger to the public". However, Strobridge said, anyone who sees any unusual looking metals should alert the NTSB, which is now in control of the crash scene and is handling the crash investigation. The plane was en route from Brunswick, Ga., to Ormond Beach, Fla., according to Action News Jax.

Authorities have been conducting a search using boats and helicopters to cover all grounds.

There was limited information to go on. A witness reports that they saw the plane flying low and heard the engine sputter.

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The plane's wreckage was found shortly after noon, deputies said.

Several law enforcement and government agencies are searching for survivors from a small plane crash near the St. Johns-Flagler county line Friday.

Staly said the aircraft may have cut a tree before it crashed but it is not immediately clear why the plane went down.

Rescuers are searching the marshy area around the mouth of Pellicer Creek, near Marineland.

A search team that included crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs, and several other agencies spent almost 12 hours trying to locate the crash site before a Customs helicopter pilot spotted it on the eastern shore of the Intracoastal Waterway about 11:45 a.m. Friday, Staly said.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are assisting with the rescue efforts.