Eight passengers of the downed plane that crashed off the coast of North Carolina are currently being searched.

Eight passengers of the downed plane that crashed off the coast of North Carolina are currently being searched.

Eight people, including four teenagers, have gone missing in a plane crash off the coast of North Carolina.

  • A Pilatus PC-12 was seen acting “erratic” before disappearing on Sunday evening about four miles east of Drum Inlet, North Carolina.
  • Coast Guard boats, as well as the military crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, began searching the area Sunday for the single-engine aircraft.
  • On Monday, teams added a Coast Guard C-130 fixed-wing aircraft to help the effort.
  • The origin of the plane was not immediately clear on Monday

The US Coast Guard is looking for a passenger plane carrying eight people, including four teenagers, that crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday.

The Pilatus PC-12 was last seen on radar “behaving erratically” before disappearing on Sunday evening about four miles east of Drum Bay, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The passengers included five Down East teenagers returning home from a waterfowl hunt, locals said.

Union Point Church pastor Aaron Golden, who lives in the neighboring county, led the mourning through a Facebook post.

“I know that the entire Far East is in mourning,” Golden said. “The Lower East is such a close-knit community, it has such a deep heritage and all those who were on that plane yesterday really represented that for the Down East community.”

A single-engine passenger plane carrying eight people crashed off the coast of Drum Inlet, North Carolina on Sunday.

A single-engine passenger plane carrying eight people crashed off the coast of Drum Inlet, North Carolina on Sunday.

Coast Guard boats, as well as the military crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, began searching the area Sunday to find the single-engine aircraft, and on Monday added a Coast Guard C-130 fixed-wing aircraft to assist.

While searching for downed planes in bodies of water can be challenging, the spokesman said he hopes aircrews can find the missing plane.

“It can be very difficult, but we are well equipped to provide adequate search efforts, especially with so many partner agencies that we work with,” spokesman Edward Vargo told DailyMail.com. “This is what the Coast Guard trains for and we’ve come across this before.”

Search crews are now working to find a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft similar to the one shown in this 2008 file photo.

Search crews are now working to find a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft similar to the one shown in this 2008 file photo.

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