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Searchers find wreckage, bodies of plane that left Concord

Observer Staff Reports

BRUNSWICK, Ga. Search crews from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found the wreckage of a plane Wednesday that crashed on a flight from Concord, NC, to Jacksonville, FL.

The bodies of the two people aboard the plane were found inside the wreckage, in a marshy areas east of Brunswick, Ga.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in an afternoon news conference that the plane, a Piper PA-44, was found in about 12 feet of water. It was found by crews in a marshy area accessible only by boat.

A spokesman for the NTSB said crews found the plane shortly before 1 p.m. The bodies of the victims were found in the plane, with their seat belts on.

The names of the two people aboard the plane and the craft’s owner have not been released. But several media outlets in the Jacksonville area are reporting that the plane belonged to ATP Flight School, based on Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville.

ATP Flight School has offices in more than 30 cities, including Concord.

The plane left Concord on Monday afternoon and apparently crashed about 5:45 p.m.

The NTSB said gusty winds and rough water conditions, along with the murky marsh water, made it difficult for crews to find the plane.

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