The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the eight people on board a plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Core Banks on Sunday.
The pilot has been identified as Ernest “Teen” Durwood Rawls, 67, of Greenville; Rawls’ son, Jeffrey Worthington Rawls, 28, of Greenville; Stephanie Ann McInnis Fulcher, 42, of Sea Level; Fulcher’s son, Jonathan Kole McInnis, 15, of Sea Level; Fulcher’s partner, Douglas Hunter Parks, 45, of Sea Level; Noah Lee Styron, 15, of Cedar Island; Michael Daily Shepard, 15, of Atlantic; and Jacob Nolan Taylor, 16, of Atlantic.
The group was flying from Englehard to Beaufort after participating in a youth day waterfowl hunt at Lake Mattamuskeet a day earlier.
Carteret County 911 and the U.S. Coast Guard was alerted by air traffic control at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft was seen on radar behaving erratically before disappearing from their screens.
The plane is believed to have gone down approximately four miles east of Drum Inlet in Cape Lookout National Seashore around 2 p.m. The Core Banks is a series of islands south of the Outer Banks that stretches from Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Lookout.
Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck said at a news conference Monday afternoon crews from a variety of agencies were working three distinct debris fields in the ocean that had drifted roughly 10 to 15 miles offshore. The fuselage of the aircraft had not been found yesterday.
As of Monday evening, one body had been recovered and identified.
Carteret County Schools confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the four teenagers involved in the crash were East Carteret High School students and all had ties to Down East schools, the Carteret News-Times reported.
The Hyde County Schools have announced they will honor the memory of the victims of the crash during school on Thursday and Friday.
What may have caused the plane to crash is not yet known. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation.