4 dead after small plane crashes in Nash County

A small plane went down in Nash County Friday afternoon.

Officials confirmed Saturday afternoon that four people and two dogs died as a result of the crash.

It happened off Highway 43 near Harrison Road. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said it received a report that a plane had crashed about 1:45 p.m.

According to the FAA, four people were aboard the plane, which was a Piper PA-46. The FAA says the plane was enroute from Naples Airport in Florida to Easton/Newnam Field in Maryland.

The four victims have been identified as 48-year-old Evva Boll, 57-year-old Gregory Boll, 52-year-old Roberta Laquidara and 53-year-old Felix Laquidara.

Each person was a resident of Naples, Florida.

On Friday night, crews found the the wings of the aircraft on the ground.

The rest of the wreckage was seen via drone in the woods.

Credit: Nash County Sheriff's Office

Nash County Sheriff's Office

"We're speculating that the rest of the aircraft is back there, in this large wooded area here," Sheriff Keith Stone told ABC11. "And that's what's hampering our investigation right now. It's such a large land mass with trees...so that's what's slowing us down with the weather here."

It's unclear what caused the crash.

"You have debris strewn about," Stone said. "There's not any trees here to do that so something catastrophic happened in the air."
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