FAA confirms missing plane found in Wetzel County

Published: Sep. 7, 2017 at 6:58 PM EDT
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The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that the missing plane we've been telling you about -- has been found.

They say it was found at around 2:00 Thursday afternoon in a mountainous area near Jacksonburg in Wetzel County. Authorities say the plane left Georgetown, Del. on Sept. 5 and was headed toward Flemingsburg, Ky.

The FAA will investigate, while the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the cause of the accident.

Several rescue crews from Monongalia and Marion counties were called in, as well as Harrison and Wetzel.

"We have more searchers for ground searches coming in," said Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny. "Between the Civil Air Patrol, a group from Mon County just rolled in a little bit ago. They're setting up some GPS mapping."

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, a cell phone ping revealed that the aircraft might be in the area of Fallen Timber, just outside Smithfield and Jacksonburg. Crews were in the area for several hours to try and make some progress.

"Lot of real steep and rough terrain in here," said Jimmy Glasscock. "Really mountainous terrain out here. Walking is really the only way you're going to be able to get in the 95 percent of it."

People in the community were hoping for the best.

"It's scary," said Linda Sampson. "I hope they find the people that went down."

"I didn't hear anything, but we do get a lot of small twin engine planes that fly around," Sampson said.

Due to the various terrain patterns, fire and rescue crews used drones to get a closer and deeper look at the area.

"We can get a little lower than the helicopters and the aircrafts," said Dan Moore from the Wallace Fire Department. "It also records and we can put it on the big screen and can look a little closer, more in-depth."