Eight dead including teenagers after horror plane crash – major search operation underway

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The passengers on board had been flying home from a duck hunting trip when the plane went missing. It’s believed to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Among the eight passengers were four teenagers, a North Carolina businessman and his girlfriend.

The pilot and eighth passenger on the plane are yet to be identified.

The plane went missing during their return home to Carteret County.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine plane crashed into the water at about 2pm on Sunday.

The US Coast Guard said the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft was “behaving erratically” before it went down.

So far, only one body has been recovered from the area.

Asa Buck, the Carteret county sheriff, said there’s no indication that any other passengers survived the crash.

As well as the four teens, entrepreneur Hunter Parks was among the passengers.

The day before, Mr Parks had hosted an annual wildfowl expedition at his property in Lake Muttamuskeet.

He was joined by his girlfriend, her son Kole McInnis, and three of his school friends

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Search crews continue to scour the area but are yet to find the main body of the plane or bodies of the remaining seven passengers.

The teens were believed to have all attended East Carteret High School.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We are incredibly saddened and join with the Down East and Eastern North Carolina community as we await official word on the aeroplane crash off the coast of Drum Inlet, North Carolina. Crisis teams are on school campuses to support students, staff and families.”

Coast guards and helicopter military crew continue to search the area for the missing plane and passengers.

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