UPDATE: Civil Air Patrol confirms no survivors in Wetzel Co. plane crash

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 7:10 PM

The Civil Air Patrol confirms there are no survivors in the crashed plane found around 2:00 P.M. Thursday in Wetzel County, WV.

The plane had been missing from radar since Tuesday night.

Investigators believe the people on board the plane were Bill Searcy, his wife Pat and their dog, all from Carterville Illinois.

The crash site of the aircraft is being guarded by local authorities as the investigation continues to find the cause of the crash.

UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 5:06 PM

The FAA has confirmed that the missing plane was found at approximately 2:00 p.m. Thursday near Jacksonburg, WV.

According to an FAA statement, the plane crashed in a mountainous area.

No further information has been released at this time.

UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 4:06 PM

At approximately 3:30 PM, Bridgeport Police officials told WDTV 5 News that the plane had been located, and officials were attempting to get to the scene. They were unable to give further information.

According to officials at the search location, the plane has not been located at this time.

UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 3:30PM

Authorities have confirmed that the plane has been located.

Officials say they are trying to get to the scene.

However, no further information is being released at this time.

UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 12:30 PM

The Harrison County Sheriff’s department believes they have found a credible location outside of Smithfield. The location is based off of a cellphone ping.

The plane was likely operated by Bill Searcy, along with his wife Pat and their dog from Carterville Illinois. The plane also had a parachute type of device that could have been used in an emergency type of event.

The sheriff’s department is positive that the aircraft is indeed missing, and have still not found any parts from the plane.

Units are set up on Longview and Falling Timber Road to assist in the search.

Stick with 5 News for the latest details.

EDIT The name of the man on the plane has been corrected.

UPDATE: 9/7/2017, 10:02 AM

Investigators will begin their search for a missing plane in the area of Fallen Timber Road in Wetzel County. According to officials at the command center in Wallace, this area was selected based on the last confirmed cell phone ping picked up from the aircraft.

The Cirrus SR20 aircraft was equipped with a parachute. Authorities say the plane could have drifted up to 100 miles.

Interviews with family members of the Searcy's reveal that the couple could have been traveling with their dog.

Investigators are concerned that rough terrain could pose a problem throughout the search today.

The Marion County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mobile Operation Center has been sent to Wallace. This will be where all commands come from in the investigation.

Multiple crews are assisting in the search efforts. They include: Wallace Fire Department, Harrison/ Taylor 911 Center, West Milford Fire, Nutter Fort Fire, Wetzel Fire, Mount Clare Fire, Spelter Fire, Bridgeport Fire, Bridgeport Police, Folsom Fire, Lumberport Fire, Stonewood Fire, and the Harrison County Sheriffs Department.

ORIGINAL STORY: 9/7/2017, 9:30 AM

The search has resumed for a Illinois couple whose plane went missing Tuesday near Harrison and Wetzel Counties.

Media outlets are reporting that Bill and Pat Searcy, of southern Illinois, were the aboard the missing plane. The plane was last scene on radar around 3:30 pm.

The Wallace Volunteer Fire Dept. is being used as the command post during the investigation.



 
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