Authorities call off search following reported plane crash

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Authorities who were investigating reports of a potential small plane crash near the vicinity of West Castalia and Duke roads in northwestern Nash County called off their search Friday night.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Friday, authorities received a 9/11 call about a potential plane crash, said Nash County Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Bissette. Soon after, they received a second call reporting the same thing in the same general area, Bissette said.

Representatives from a number of different agencies responded, including the Castalia Fire Department, Momeyer Rescue, Nash County EMS, the Nash County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol. Authorities searched the area on foot and on ATVs. They also traveled on the roads around the area and brought in a N.C. Highway Patrol helicopter with night-vision capabilities to assist in the search.

Authorities contacted airports in the surrounding area and talked to local pilots. They did not find any evidence of a crash.

After searching the area and gathering information, authorities determined that the witnesses likely saw a twin engine plane that was having engine problems, Bissette said. However, he said they feel confident that whatever the witnesses saw come through made it safely wherever it went.

The search was called off at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday, Bissette said.