Originally created 02/21/01

Searchers find plane wreckage

SAVANNAH - The wreckage of a private plane carrying four people back to North Carolina after the Daytona 500 was found Monday about 25 miles south of Savannah, authorities say.

The plane left Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday evening, and authorities say it crashed into the ocean at about 8:15 p.m.

Remains said to be the single-engine plane were found at about 2 p.m. Monday.

"We're pretty sure that's the plane," said Dana Warr, a spokesman with the Seventh District Coast Guard.

The debris field from the crash site was five miles in diameter. Searchers found human remains.

The Beechcraft Bonanza left Florida on Sunday evening, headed to Windsor, N.C., the home of pilot William Pritchett.

Also in the plane were Mr. Pritchett's brother, John, and Ray and Ken Chapman, all of Virginia.

They were last seen at 8:14 p.m., and the Coast Guard was notified about 10 minutes later.


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