UPDATE: Taylor County authorities find fuselage, search continues

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 3:46 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:10 PM EDT
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TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) — Crews searching for a plane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday evening have found the aircraft’s fuselage, according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Wayne Padgett says the plane’s main body section was found about a mile off the shore at Dallus Creek Tuesday afternoon. Deputies brought the fuselage ashore at the Steinhatchee boat ramp. Sheriff Padgett says it’s torn apart, and the plane’s engine and propeller were also recovered.

No bodies have been found yet, but the sheriff says the search is still on.

As of Tuesday afternoon, three boats were out on the water. The sheriff’s office, forestry officials, fire departments and volunteers are helping in the search.

Padgett says the fuselage is being taken to the Taylor County Emergency Management Center in Perry.

You can read WCTV’s previous coverage on the search below.

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - Authorities in Taylor County are searching for a plane that went down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday evening.

Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett says two people were onboard the plane and the search is ongoing.

Officials say they are using planes in the air, boots on the ground and boats in the water to search. So far, only a few minor parts have been found.

Sheriff Padgett says the plane took off from Sarasota and was on its way to Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Crews will be out searching again Tuesday for any survivors of a plane crash. Deputies tell WCTV they hope this is a rescue mission, not just a recovery.

Search crews started from Steinhatchee, just before 8 a.m. Monday. After surveying that area, crews moved to Keaton Beach, which is about nine miles down the road.

The TCSO search boat returned with remnants of an aviation disaster. Wings were among the recovered debris; however, the recovered parts don’t have identifiable markings, like a tail number. As a result, authorities have yet to release the names of those aboard.

TCSO Lt. Gina Deeson says conditions Monday weren’t ideal for the search.

“We haven’t had any rain, but at times there were white caps, so it’s been a little rough," Deeson says.

The deputies, who are trained in marine rescue, say it’s always a fluid situation.

“We’re taking it hour-by-hour as we’re out here with the weather conditions,” a TCSO deputy says. “If they don’t deteriorate, we’ll be out here, attempting to try to locate these persons to give their family some closure."

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