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Search continues for plane off Georgia coast

BRUNSWICK — U.S. Coast Guard crews and others were searching Tuesday for two people who were aboard a small plane that went missing in the St. Simons Island area.

The twin-engine plane disappeared from radar Monday evening. Residents in the area heard "crash-like noises" near Grant Creek on Mackay River.

The Piper PA-44 is believed to have crashed four miles east of Brunswick Golden Isles Airport shortly after 7 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday.

The plane had departed from Concord, N.C., and was destined for Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig Field in Florida, the FAA said.

Crews were searching wooded areas, marsh and creeks north and east of the Marshes of Mackay neighborhood off U.S. Highway 17, the Brunswick News reported.

The Coast Guard, sheriff's officials and Georgia Department of Natural Resources crews reported "multiple debris fields consistent with a small plane crash" but had not yet located the passengers. The debris was located near Wallys Leg, an area of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Brunswick newspaper reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.


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