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Smith County officials call off search of reported plane crash


POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:52pm

Smith County officials called off a search for a reported downed plane over Tyler.

They received distressing reports a little after 3 this afternoon.

According to Tyler Pounds, they saw an aircraft around 3.20 p.m. tilting its wings up and down which is a distress signal for an aircraft.

Officials say they saw the plane south of the airport but it never showed up on the radar.

They presumed the plane crashed, and officials say it still might be missing.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Police Department, Dixie Fire Department and other first responders searched near county road 1139 and county roads near the Arrowhead Golf Club.

Civil Air Patrol was also putting together a search and rescue ground team.

An air EMS flew a grid system south of the tower and came up with nothing.

According to Dixie Fire Chief, Matt York, this plane was not planning on flying into Tyler Pounds.

Officials tell KETK they couldn't find anything and called the search off around 6 p.m.

But, York said the plane still might be out there.

"Nobody saw smoke or anything so we might have presumed it crashed in a heavily wooded area. And where there wasn't anybody at home in that area that saw it go down. I don't know why it was canceled maybe the airport saw something different," said York.

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