Sheriff: No survivors in Marineland plane crash; wreckage found

Sheriff: No survivors in Marineland plane crash; wreckage found

A witness said the plane was flying low and its engine was sputtering.

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

Rescuers are not sure exactly how many people were on the plane - initial reports said there were two - but they believe that anyone on board did not survive the impact.

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed they believe two people were on board the plane and launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at 2:15 a.m.to search for survivors. 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 FAA confirms to First Coast News that it lost contact with a Piper PA44 aircraft approximately 22 miles north of Ormond Beach around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff: No survivors in Marineland plane crash; wreckage found

The plane's wreckage was found shortly after noon, deputies said. The aircraft took off from Brunswick, GA and was heading to Ormond Beach. Crews are searching Pellicer Creek Aquatic Reserve for the bodies. Investigators said it's possible a third person was aboard the aircraft.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office command post has been relocated to the crash site, which is on dry land, to "protect the scene".

Crews from the Flagler and St. Johns sheriff's offices, St. Augustine police, the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are searching for the plane.

No other details were given.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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