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Brothers' bodies found in Albemarle Sound after helicopter crash

The bodies of two brothers were recovered from Albemarle Sound on Thursday, three days after their helicopter crashed on a flight from Virginia, authorities said.

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The bodies of two brothers were recovered from Albemarle Sound on Thursday, three days after their helicopter crashed on a flight from Virginia, authorities said.

The men had left Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport, in Brodnax, Va., on Monday and were heading for the Dare County Regional Airport. A concerned friend notified the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center that they had lost communication with the Robinson R44 helicopter around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

An aircrew found helicopter debris in Albemarle Sound about 9 miles north of the Alligator River Bridge on Tuesday, and a civilian recovered a backpack containing personal belongings south of the mouth of the Alligator River.

The Coast Guard and state and local authorities searched a combined area of 3,303 miles over 38 hours before suspending their efforts Wednesday night.

On Thursday, the body of 35-year-old John Arant was pulled from the water. A short time later, responders found the body of his brother, 36-year-old Alan Arant, who authorities said was the helicopter pilot.

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