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Palm Coast Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 4 years ago

Searchers working to excavate wreckage of missing plane

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by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Searchers attempting to excavate the wreckage of missing Palm Coast pilot Raymond Miller’s plane are waiting on the equipment they need to recover the fuselage, now buried under an estimated nine feet of marsh mud.

“We are waiting on a barge with heavy equipment from a private company” to excavate the area, Flagler County Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Wednesday morning. The task will continue Thursday, he said, as a number of state and local agencies, as well as private contractors, work at the crash site.

Searchers attempting to reach the crash site near Pellicer Creek late last week and over the weekend were repeatedly stymied by the marshy terrain and shifting tides, and twice suspended their efforts as evening fell.

Authorities found the wreckage from the air at about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 4

Miller, 77, had last been seen at the Flagler County Airport taking off in his experimental aluminum Sonex–Waiex aircraft at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Family members told law enforcement officials that he said he was taking the plane out to practice touch-and-go landings.

 

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