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Plane crash in Drum Inlet, North Carolina, sparks search for downed Coast Guard plane at Outer Banks

A SMALL plane has crashed four miles east of Drum Inlet in North Carolina, as confirmed by the US Coast Guard.

A US Coast Guard spokesman said a search for the plane and any possible victims was underway.

The US Coast Guard said a small plane crashed several miles east of Drum Inlet in North Carolina.

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The US Coast Guard said a small plane crashed several miles east of Drum Inlet in North Carolina.Credit: Getty
Crews of helicopters and boats are searching for the plane

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Crews of helicopters and boats are searching for the planeCredit: AP

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Elizabeth City Air Station and two boat crews joined multiple local emergency teams to help with the search.

Crew members of the Fort Macon Motor Lifeboat Coast Guard Station and a Hatteras Inlet Response Boat-Small Coast Guard crew member look from the water.

Officials said the North Carolina Coast Guard Regional Command Center received a report of a possible downed plane from an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

According to reports, the plane was erratic before disappearing from radar screens.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a single-engine Pilatus PC-12/47 crashed in waters 18 miles northeast of Michael J Smith Field at about 2 p.m. local time.

It is not clear how many people were on board, but an investigation is still underway.

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The plane was erratic before disappearing from radar

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The plane was erratic before disappearing from radarCredit: Getty
I don't know how many passengers were inside the plane

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I don’t know how many passengers were inside the planeCredit: Getty

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