Investigators find crashed plane in Marineland


The aircraft was registered to Sunrise Aviation, a flight academy based in Ormond Beach. "There are parts of this aircraft that were actually found closer to the shoreline". 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.

There was limited information to go on.

An airplane crashed early Friday near Marineland in Flagler County, and authorities continue to search for survivors.

"We don't know how many occupants are in the plane still", Strobridge said, adding that the fuselage was upside down and "pancaked into the ground".

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it lost contact with the plane around 11:15 p.m. when it was some 22 miles north of Ormond Beach. Crews are searching Pellicer Creek Aquatic Reserve for the bodies.

Chief Mark Strobridge with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said that preliminary reports indicated two people may have been onboard the aircraft, but they are working to confirm that number. Investigators said it's possible a third person was aboard the aircraft.

The pilot and passenger's identities have not yet been released.

By daybreak, personnel from the sheriff's offices of neighboring counties, the United States Coast Guard, at least two fire departments, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Flagler County Sheriff's Office were searching the area by boat, helicopter and on land. "The problem is that the tide is out, so (the water) is very hard to get into, which is why we are having to use airboats".