After Citizen Call, Chatham County Authorities Find No Sign of Downed Plane
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA. – September 10, 2018 (savannahnow.com) Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, found no sign of a downed plane after conducting a thorough search in response to a citizen call. The story is reported online by savannahnow.com.*
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on September 10, a citizen in Chatham County called 911 and reported a possible downed plane near Butterbean Beach, according to Chatham County Police Department spokesperson Betsy Nolen. The Chatham County Police Marine Patrol and the Chatham County Mosquito Control helicopter then conducted an extensive search for any signs of a crashed plane in the area.
Marine and air patrols searched for several hours and did not locate an aircraft, debris, or any other indication of a plane crash. The search was suspended overnight and resumed the morning of September 11. After more hours of searching, marine and air patrol again found no sign of a crash. They called off the search on the afternoon of September 11.
It is not clear what the citizen saw that made him or her believe an aircraft had crashed in the area of Butterbean Beach. No information about this person or the details of his or her call has been reported.
Chatham County is located on the eastern border of the state of Georgia and includes the City of Savannah. Data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety shows the county sees a large number of traffic accidents each year, and its accident rate is rising rapidly. The highest number of vehicle crash deaths in the county during the five-year period between 2012 and 2016 occurred in 2015. A total of 54 people died in vehicle accidents in Chatham County that year. Almost half of the fatality accidents that year involved speeding or alcohol.
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