FAA to examine plane that crashed in Croatan Sound

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 8:59 PM

MANTEO, N.C.-- Federal Aviation Administration investigators will examine the plane that crashed into the Croatan sound.

Monday night, a private contractor removed the plane from the Croatan sound. The pilot's family paid for the removal. FAA investigators will determine if any fault on the plane caused the crash.

Just before noon Monday, searchers recovered the body of the pilot whose small plane crashed into the waters Sunday morning.

Dare County, NC officials say he was trying to land at the county's regional airport around 11:45 a.m.

Around 1:00 p.m., county dispatchers called in the Coast Guard to help in the search. 

Officials from the airport and the sheriff's office pulled Joanna Diana Redmon of Raeford, NC from the plane and got her to Outer Banks Hospital.  Authorities believe she was thrown from the plane into the water, which was about 60 degrees. She was screaming for help and rescue crews found her within ten minutes, they noted.

Redmon is recovering at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The search for the pilot was suspended around 4:45 p.m. and resumed at first light with scuba dive teams from several agencies.

49-year-old Greg Carlisle lived in Raleigh, NC, his brother-in-law said, adding that Carlisle was an experienced pilot. He said he and the woman took the trip to enjoy the beauty of the area. 

"One ray of sunshine is he loved flying. We know he died doing what he loved doing. Other than that, we are devastated. We lost a wonderful person with many talents," he said.

Authorities said the plane was a twin engine Piper Seneca that could carry six people.

Agencies involved in the search were Dare County Emergency Management, Dare County EMS, Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, Chicamacomico Volunteer Fire Department, Nags Head Fire and Rescue, NC Highway Patrol, NC Marine Patrol and NC Wildlife. The Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

 

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