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1 presumed dead in Nash County plane crash

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CASTALIA — At least one person is believed to have died following a Friday afternoon plane crash in rural Nash County.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Washington Air Traffic Control System Command Center around 2 p.m. Friday saying it had lost contact with a single-engine plane bound for Florida. Moments later, a second call came in saying parts of a plane were just off of Harrison Road, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina.

One wing was found in an open field several hundred feet from the nearest house. A second wing was located across the street directly behind a carport but did not actually touch the house. No one was home at the time of the crash, and there have been no reported injuries on the ground.

Teresa Hall, who lives nearby on Taylor’s Store Road, said she had just returned from the store when she heard about the crash.

“I go down and just start seeing parts of the plane. The first piece I saw was a small piece. Then I turned back around and there was a large wing off to the left,” said Hall. “You know it can’t be good. It’s just heartbreaking.”

Sheriff Keith Stone said there were possibly two people on board, though that information had not been confirmed as of press time Friday.

“On this occasion, we think there was a flight plan,” Stone said. “The weather’s affected us because we can’t have flights at this time.”

The sheriff’s office used drones to find the plane’s fuselage, which was located about an hour after first responders arrived on the scene. The deceased victim’s identity will not be released until relatives are notified.

The N.C. Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are currently leading the investigation. Stone said the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Forest Service, N.C. Department of Transportation and Nash County Emergency Services were also helping with the recovery and investigation.