Nash County authorities unable to locate reported downed plane; search suspended
Posted July 25
Middlesex, N.C. — Authorities have suspended the search for a plane that reportedly crashed Tuesday night in Nash County.
Authorities searched on foot and by helicopter, but were unable to located a plane after two hours.
Investigators said they will resume the search Wednesday if they receive a report of an overdue plane or if wreckage is spotted.
According to the Nash County Sheriff's Office, an air traffic controller from Washington, D.C. received a call from a pilot who had picked up a distress signal from the plane in Nash County. That air traffic controller then called 911 to alert local authorities.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office said that fire crews were sent out to the area of N.C. Highway 231 in Middlesex at about 6:45 p.m. and fire and EMS personnel reported smelling a strong odor that was possibly jet fuel.
Two nearby residents told deputies that they heard a plane while a child told deputies they saw the plane.
One investigator said a witness reported seeing a plane make "a sharp right turn that looked out of control."
Local authorities worked with Civil Air Patrol and the National Guard to search the area Tuesday night.