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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 11, 2013 6:53 pm

Crews searching for missing plane spot wreckage

The Associated Press

Crews searching the Great Dismal Swamp for a plane from Florida that didn't reach its Virginia destination have spotted the wreckage of a small aircraft.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the crew of a privately owned helicopter assisting in the search saw the wreckage shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and notified police. She says ground crews were still trying to make their way to the site in an extremely remote section of the swamp Friday evening.

The search began Thursday after the Cessna took off from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Chesapeake but never made it. The plane's signal was lost over the Great Dismal Swamp.

There was no immediate word whether the pilot was flying solo or with passengers.