FIRST ON 5: UPDATE: Search for missing plane suspended for night

Published: Sep. 6, 2017 at 10:27 AM EDT
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Officials suspended the search for the missing aircraft, around 7:15 p.m., Wednesday. They will be back out searching at 8 a.m., Thursday.

"After dark, you might as well, it's really hard. It's such a rural area. The canopy, the growth is crazy thick. It's just way hard. It's such a broad area to search and to search at night, is pretty much impossible," said Connie Thomaschek, the Assistant Chief of Harrison County 911.

Nothing has been found.


5 News remains on the scene. Authorities have not shared anything new with us. We will update you again later tonight.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft is a Cirrus SR20 aircraft. They say authorities are searching for the plane in Wetzel County. It is presumed that the plane has crashed. Two passengers were on board.

They say its last known position is 23 miles northwest of Clarksburg. The aircraft had departed from Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, Delaware. It was headed to the Fleming-Mason Airport in Flemingsburg. Kentucky.

According to Robert Metheny of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, a ground search and a drone search in Harrison, Wetzel and Marion County.


According to Robert Metheny of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, officials are searching the Harrison, Wetzel and Marion county areas for a single engine, 4-passenger plane.

The plane (reported to be a Cirrus SR20 aircraft) went missing off of the radar yesterday afternoon. Local authorities were reported to have been notified Wednesday morning. The plane's last known location was reportedly near the Harrison/Wetzel County line.

Officials are unsure how many passengers were on the plane. No evidence of what occurred has been discovered at this time.

A command center for the search has been set up at the Wallace Fire Department.

UPDATE 12: 30 PM

Harrison County 911 has confirmed county officials are involved in the search.

They say no evidence of the crash has been found at this time.

Officials are searching multiple counties.


Reports indicate the search has possibly spread to Harrison County.

We have not received confirmation of any further information at this time.

5 News did go to the airport in Marion County.


In a previous update, it was stated that officials had confirmed the move to Harrison County. We have since learned that confirmation was not available at this time.

Original Story


Authorities are investigating what appears to be a missing plane in Marion County.

A plane accident was initially reported on the Marion County 911 police logs just before 9:30 AM, Wednesday. 911 dispatchers were unable to give any information on the incident.

5 News contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Officials said they were still investigating which county the accident occurred in.

We reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration, who said they were made aware of a missing plane. The administration is working now to determine if the plane crashed, and where the accident occurred.

We have a reporter headed to the scene. Stay with 5 News as we work to gather more information.