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Sheriff: No survivors in Marineland plane crash; wreckage found

The plane crashed late Thursday night and deputies and search crews spent hours looking for the plane.After receiving the 9-1-1 call, the search and rescue operation began, coordinated by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.The U.S. Coast Guard said it believes two people were aboard the plane. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash as well. The plane was en route from Brunswick, Ga., to Ormond Beach, Fla., according to Action News Jax.Earlier on June 14, the marshes around Pellicer Creek had been the scene of a massive search as law enforcement and rescue agencies converged on the area, searching by helicopter, on boats and airboats and on land.”We don’t know how many occupants are in the plane still”, Strobridge said, adding that the fuselage was upside down and “pancaked into the ground”.The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office started searching for the plane around 11 p.m. Thursday after at least one witness reported hearing a plane’s engine sputtering.The pilot and passenger’s identities have not yet been released. Sheriff Rick Staley says he believes two people were on board and he doesn’t believe they survived the crash. “We’re very hopeful that we’re going to find survivors and get them to safety as quickly as possible”.Members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Augustine Police Department, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, United States Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the United State Border Patrol were all taking part in the search.