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Body of Pilot Recovered From Sunken Aircraft; Victim Identified

Authorities say a Raleigh man was killed when his small plane crashed into the Croatan Sound Sunday morning.

Dare County Regional Airport Director Robert Benson told WITN the body of the pilot was found in the plane's cockpit. This afternoon the body was recovered from the aircraft, which sunk a mile away from the airfield.

The pilot has been identified as Greg Carlisle.

The airport director said the pilot landed just short of the airfield in foggy conditions while there was a low cloud deck. Carlisle was flying a 1978 Piper Seneca from Raleigh.

On Sunday, officials said the plane crashed while trying to land around 11:45 Sunday morning, and a woman was rescued following the crash and taken to Outer Banks Hospital.

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The search for a pilot involved in a plane crash in Dare County was expected to resume Monday after it was suspended Sunday.

A spokeswoman with Dare County Emergency management says that the search was suspended at sundown. Efforts are said to pick back up early Monday morning.

Officials say the plane crashed while trying to land around 11:45 Sunday morning.

Officials say a woman was rescued following the crash and taken to Outer Banks Hospital.

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Elements of the North Carolina Coast Guard and Dare County emergency responders continue to search the Croatan Sound for a pilot that's gone missing following a crash.

Public Information Officer Dorothy Killingsworth tells WITN that the twin-engine plane was attempting to land at Dare County Regional Airport around 11:45 Sunday morning when the crash happened.

Killingsworth says that divers have located the submerged plane in the Croatan Sound, and say it was overturned. We're told diving has been suspended for the day.

Officials say a woman was rescued following the wreck and was taken to the hospital.
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The Coast Guard in our state is searching the waters in the area of the Croatan Sound for a man that went missing following an airplane crash near Manteo in Dare County.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were contacted around 1:00 Sunday afternoon, saying that a twin-engine airplane from Dare County Regional airport had crashed following takeoff.

Officials say emergency responders with Dare County recovered a female passenger and brought her to shore. We’re told she was taken to a local hospital by EMS.

The Coast Guard says that crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Oregon Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City are assisting in the search.

WITN is working to gather details on the aircraft accident.

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