Authorities say 4 people, 2 dogs killed in Nash County plane crash

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UPDATE: AVENTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities tell CBS 17 that four people and two dogs were killed a plane crash in Nash County on Friday. 

The victims have been identified as Gregory Boll, 57, Evva Leigh Boll, 48, Roberta Laquidara, 52 and Felix Laquidara, 53. 

NTSB officials remained at the scene conducting their investigation through Friday night and will continue through Saturday night. The wreckage is expected to be removed on Sunday.

Two wings were found as deputies investigated a report of a downed aircraft Friday in Nash County. 

“That was a real shock and surprise,” Amelia Harper with the Rocky Mount Telegram said.

One of the wings ended up in her yard. 

“Our house has suddenly become command central for this plane crash search and that is not what I was expecting when I woke up today,” Harper said. 

Highway 43 near Harrison Road in the Aventon area of the county is closed as Nash County deputies and other emergency responders investigate, the news release said.

“I heard a loud noise, it was like a propellor type thing,” Brenda Hawkins, a neighbor said. “I kept looking up in the sky to see what it was but I could never see what it was. But I never could see anything. And then the next thing I knew I heard a loud clump like something had hit the ground,” Hawkins said.

The FAA released a statement Friday that said local officials reported a Piper PA-46 had been discovered in a rural area. 

“The FAA issued an alert notice earlier today to advise search and rescue officials about the missing aircraft. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will determine the probable cause of the accident. We will update the statement when we get new information,” the FAA’s statement read. 

A Piper PA-46 is a single-engine light aircraft capable of carrying a pilot and five passengers.

On Saturday, the FAA confirmed four people were on the plane that took off from Naples Airport in Florida, enroute to Easton/Newman Field in Maryland.

The plane became missing and FAA issued an alert notice at 1:49 p.m. Friday to alert search and rescue officials.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone tells news outlets that two people likely were aboard the Piper PA-46 on Friday. He says wreckage was found when someone called 911 and said part of a plane had landed in their yard.
    
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says it received a report that a plane had crashed about 1:45 p.m. Friday about 40 miles east of Raleigh.
    
The Federal Aviation Administration had reported the plane missing earlier Friday. News outlets report that plane was traveling from Virginia to Florida.
    
NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said an investigator had been sent to the scene.

Original Story: Authorities told our sister station CBS 17 that one person was found dead following a plane crash in Nash County. 

Two wings were found as deputies investigated a report of a downed aircraft Friday in Nash County. 

Highway 43 near Harrison Road in the Aventon area of the county is closed as Nash County deputies and other emergency responders investigate, the news release said.

The FAA released a statement that said local officials reported a Piper PA-46 had been discovered in a rural area. 

“The FAA issued an alert notice earlier today to advise search and rescue officials about the missing aircraft. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will determine the probable cause of the accident. We will update the statement when we get new information,” the FAA’s statement read. 

A Piper PA-46 is a single-engine light aircraft capable of carrying a pilot and five passengers.

Around 4 p.m., Nash County deputies emailed photos of plane debris to the media. The photos appeared to be of wings from a plane.

No further information was immediately available.

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