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Funeral arrangements have now been made for the Camp Lejeune Marine Major killed in a plane crash in Duplin County.

According to an obituary published on Legacy.com, Major Luke Parker's celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 26th at 11 a.m. The service will be at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville along Gum Branch Road.

37-year-old Parker was assigned to the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command aboard Camp Lejeune.

Investigators said Major Parker's plane left Albert J. Ellis Airport Sunday morning, but crashed about two miles from the airport in Kenansville. Officials believe it was airborne for nearly 20 minutes.

Reid Sutherland from Duplin County Emergency Management said the pilot was found inside his downed plane, which had broken apart in the crash.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate.

Parker is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.

To express sympathies, the obituary said donors are asked to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.


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Authorities have confirmed that a Marine officer was killed in a plane crash in Duplin County.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office says the body of Major Luke Parker is being transported to their facility for an autopsy.

The Marine Corps says Parker was assigned to the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune.

Federal investigators arrived in Duplin County Tuesday afternoon. The plane likely crashed Sunday, but the wreckage was not found until Monday night.

Reid Sutherland from Duplin County Emergency Management said both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Sutherland says the pilot was found inside his downed plane, which had broken apart in the crash. There was no sign of fire, Sutherland said.

Sutherland says the plane was likely in the air for 15 to 20 minutes before the crash. The plane left Albert J. Ellis Airport Sunday morning, but crashed about two miles from the airport in Kenansville.



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The name of the pilot found with a crashed plane in Duplin County could be released Tuesday.

After hours of searching, the wreckage of the two-seater plane was found about two miles away from a runway at the airport in Kenansville. The plane was found about 500 feet into the woods.

Officials say the plane took off Sunday from Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville but never made it to its destination.

A Marine owns the plane that crashed. The FAA says the plane is a Piaggio P. 149, and the pilot did not file a flight plan or receive air traffic control service.

We will update you as soon as we get more information about the victim and the cause of the crash.



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Emergency officials have narrowed the search area for a missing small plane in Duplin County. Reid Sutherland from Duplin County Emergency Management said the plane's beacon went off in an area that is two miles from the runway in Kenansville and that's where they would be concentrating the search.

The missing two-seater plane is owned by a Marine who was headed to Michigan.

Earlier in the day the plane's beacon also gave off a signal in a wooded area near Crooked Run Road in Willard. However, crews in Pender County searched there and didn't find anything.



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Authorities in two Eastern Carolina counties are searching for a small plane that possibly crashed, while Onslow County officials say a plane that left their airport Sunday morning never made it to its destination.

Onslow County Aviation Director Chris White says a two-seater plane left Albert Ellis Airport yesterday. He said the aircraft is based out of the Jacksonville airport.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says the missing plane is owned by a Marine, who was flying to Michigan. The sheriff says a tracking beacon was picked up in Pender County this morning, so the Civil Air Patrol will begin flying the area.

Wallace says there are two possible locations in Duplin County where the signal could be coming from as well.

The FAA says the plane is a Piaggio P. 149, and the pilot did not file a flight plan or receive air traffic control service. The federal agency says it has advised local authorities that the aircraft was missing.

At last report, no wreckage has been found.

Stay with WITN-TV and WITN.com for more on this developing story.


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