Search called off for downed plane reported in Nash County
Posted February 28, 2014 7:42 p.m. EST
Updated March 1, 2014 7:07 a.m. EST
Nash County, N.C. — Authorities in Nash County called off the search Friday night for a plane that may have crashed around 6:15 p.m. in Nashville.
According to troopers, four independent witnesses said they saw a small plane circling in the area of W. Castalia Road and Sykes Road, but authorities did not found evidence of a crash.
Witnessed said the plane vanished into the woods and a black plume of smoke came up from the trees.
"They claimed they saw smoke coming from the plane and multiple circles, and then they think it went down in a back woods," said Chris Bissette, Nash County Deputy Fire Marshal. "Shorty after that we received a second 911 call saying the same thing."
Troopers said a helicopter with night vision was brought in to investigate the incident and search for a plane.
"When you get multiple calls, you have to put a little credibility to it," Bissette said.
Authorities said they contacted surrounding airports and no planes were unaccounted for.
No other information was immediately available.