Eight people feared dead in NC plane crash after duck-hunting trip

Eight people feared dead in NC plane crash after duck-hunting trip

Eight people — including four teens — were feared dead Monday after the small plane they were in crashed into the ocean off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The group of duck hunters reportedly included a woman who posted eerie photos on Facebook around 11 am Sunday — before the plane disappeared — including shots from inside an aircraft featuring boys in camouflage and other snaps of the same kids posing in front of dead fowl.

One body had been recovered from a debris field, and “We have no indication that anyone survived the crash,” said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck at a press conference Monday, according to a local NBC affiliate.

The seven passengers and pilot were returning from the hunting trip when their single-engine Pilatus PC-12 began acting erratically before disappearing from radar about 4 miles from Drum Inlet, said the Coast Guard and friends.

Tom Harrison, a North Carolina company owner, said business partner Hunter Parks and Parks’ girlfriend Stephanie Fulcher were among the missing, according to the outlet.

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There are no signs of survivors from the plane crash that occurred on February 13 near Drum Inlet, NC.
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Four teens on a plane crash
Photos were posted on social media of the teens inside an aircraft before the crash.
Stephanie Fulcher/Facebook

“He was one of the most generous people I know, and he had a duck hunting property and he had invited a large number of youth and veterans,” Harrison said of Parks.

“There’s a special duck season, a one-day duck season for youth and veterans, and he had invited them all to his property to duck hunt. And they had hunted there Saturday and were still in Hyde County at lunchtime yesterday and flew home yesterday when the accident happened.”

Fulcher’s most recent Facebook post showed a number of men and boys in camo and hunting gear.

These are the 4 dead teens;  Kole McInnis Jake Taylor, Dailey Shepherd, Noah Styron
Pictured are the teens who were on the plane: Kole McInnis, Jake Taylor, Dailey Shepherd and Noah Styron.
Stephanie Fulcher/Facebook

“Blessed to have a successful Youth/Veteran duck hunt again this year!” she wrote.

Harrison added in a Facebook post of Fulcher’s beau, a partner in his farm management company, “Hunter was kind, generous, a good businessman, partner and friend.

“He will be deeply missed. Please pray for his Mom, Janet, his brother Toliver and all the families effected by this horrible tragedy.”

Four of the eight people on board are believed to be teenagers, the affiliate said.

Stephanie Fulcher, Hunter Park, Kole McInnis
Hunter Parks and his girlfriend Stephanie Fulcher were among the missing.
Stephanie Fulcher/Facebook

“We are incredibly saddened as we join with the Down East and Eastern North Carolina community as we await the official word on the airplane crash off the coast of Drum Inlet, North Carolina,” Carteret County Public Schools statement said in a to the outlet. “Crisis teams are on school campuses to support students, staff and families.”

The Coast Guard has not yet released the identities of the missing.

Air traffic controllers at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point reported an issue with the flight to the Coast Guard after it disappeared from radar.

The Coast Guard mobilized a C-130 plane for search operations Monday, a spokesman told The Post. It was joining an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Coast Guard cutter Rollin Fritch in the operation along with additional small search vessels.

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