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Raleigh pilot's body found in wreckage in Croatan Sound

Posted January 14, 2013 1:37 p.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2013 11:57 p.m. EST

Greg Carlisle in a 2007 interview with WRAL

— Rescue divers in Dare County recovered the body of a Raleigh pilot from the wreckage of a plane in Croatan Sound on Monday.

The body of Greg Carlisle, 49, was found Monday in the wreckage of the two-engine airplane that crashed Sunday morning in Croatan Sound. Carlisle's father, Jack Carlisle, said his son was flying along the coast to earn hours in the cockpit to maintain his certification.

Authorities said Greg Carlisle landed just short of the airfield due to dense fog.

A family friend, who was interested in becoming a pilot, was also in the plane when it crashed, Jack Carlisle said. Greg Carlisle freed her from her seatbelt and opened the door of the sinking plane to help her get out safely.

Rescuers pulled her from the water and took her to Outer Banks Hospital. Her name and condition were not released.

Shortly before the crash, authorities said, Greg Carlisle was in touch with Dare County Regional Airport, where he was headed. At that point, there was no sign of trouble.

Authorities had searched for Carlisle until sundown Sunday and resumed their search Monday.