Search called off for the night for possible downed plane in Nash County

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MIDDLESEX, N.C. (WNCN) — Crews in Nash County searched for a possible downed plane for several hours Tuesday night after officials reported a distress signal, officials said.

The incident was reported around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday when air traffic control officials in Washingon, D.C. told Nash County authorities that a plane was picking up a distress signal in the Middlesex area, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

When deputies got to the area of N.C. Highway 231 and Buck Deans Road they could smell an odor similar to jet fuel.

Two people in the area also reported “hearing” a plane and a child saw a plane, officials said.

Later Tuesday night, the Civil Air Patrol flew over the area and did not pick up any sort of signal, officials said. Just before 10 p.m., authorities decided to end the search for the night.

Authorities will reassess the situation Wednesday morning to see if a search will be continued in day-time hours.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted in the search.


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