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Plane traveling to Kentucky is presumed to have crashed in West Virginia

A plane similar to the one that is missing in West Virginia on a flight to Kentucky is shown on the company’s website.
A plane similar to the one that is missing in West Virginia on a flight to Kentucky is shown on the company’s website. Cirrus

A four-passenger plane traveling to the Fleming-Mason Airport in Flemingsburg, Ky., went missing Tuesday in West Virginia with two people aboard, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft departed from Georgetown, Del., on Tuesday and its last known position was 23 miles northwest of Clarksburg, W.Va., according to the FAA. The plane is presumed to have crashed.

Officials were notified Wednesday morning that the Cirrus SR20 was missing, and FAA officials and local authorities have been searching for it in Harrison, Wetzel and Marion counties in West Virginia, according to WDTV.

The couple, Bill and Pat Searcy, are from Carterville, Ill., according to WSIL. The plane was equipped with a parachute, the Carterville Area Rotary Club told WSIL. Carterville is near Carbondale in southern Illinois, not far from Paducah, Ky.

The search was suspended at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to WDTV.

Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny told West Virginia Metro News that he’s optimistic that the search might be for rescue rather than recovery.

“If it would’ve exploded or if there had been a major crash, we might have got a call,” he said. “Nothing’s confirmed. We’re not 100 percent on anything, but what our hopes are is if the plane is down, to find it and be able to rescue anybody that might have been on it.”

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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