Plane Crash in Western North Carolina Claims at Least 3 Lives

by nph | May 26th, 2011

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May 26, 2011

A twin-engine Beech Baron 58 aircraft crashed into mountainous western North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least one person. Crews are still searching the rough terrain in Unaka, North Carolina—about 125 miles west of Asheville—for additional bodies.

The first body was found by rescuers on foot after the plane’s smoking wreckage was spotted from a helicopter in the Nantahala National Forest. Crews returned at daylight on Thursday to resume their search of the crash site, which is accessible only by rough-terrain vehicle or on foot.

On Wednesday Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the plane crash caused “multiple fatalities.”

A Facebook page dedicated to the victims indicates that at least three young women died in the crash.

The plane was en route from Charlie Brown Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, to the Wendell H. Ford Airport in Hazard, Kentucky, and the Federal Aviation Administration says it still doesn’t know how many people were aboard the plane.

The crash, which occurred at 4 p.m., sparked a small forest fire that the Forestry Service has gotten control of.

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