Chatham County Authorities Call Off Search for Downed Plane
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA. – September 11, 2018 (wjcl.com) After a thorough search, authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, have stopped looking for a potentially downed plane. The search began in response to an emergency call from a concerned citizen.*
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.
Authorities (and citizens) are likely on higher alert after a major plane crash occurred August 25 in Emanuel County, Georgia. That afternoon, five people were on board a Cessna 182A that had just taken off for a skydiving lesson. The plane, owned by Statesboro, Georgia, skydiving company Jump Place, crashed at the East Georgia Regional Airport and burst into flames. Four people died in the crash and another was seriously injured.
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