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Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. There were three (3) persons on board. One (1) was fatally injured. Two (2) are unknown. Subject of an alert notice. Wreckage was located in the water.
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28-
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: CEDAR KEY
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Late Sunday afternoon, officials in Cedar Key located the plane that went missing last week, along with the remains of a second passenger. The body of the plane’s pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, was found Wednesday.
Sea Tow and Florida Air Recovery in collaboration with the Levy County Sheriff’s Department discovered the wreckage beneath 10 to 12 feet of water about seven miles off the coast of Cedar Key, according to officials. Recovery crews also found the remains of 60-year-old Hue Singletary, Jerrels’ fiancée.
Her body was removed from the scene on Sunday night, but the recovery crew returned Monday afternoon to remove the plane.
“It’s definitely the plane. I’ve rode in it,” Teresa Cooper, Jerrels’ niece, said as the wreckage was brought into the Cedar Key Marina. “It’s a whole tragedy that we’ve lost three people. There’s another family member out there that has not been found as of yet.”
Jerrels’ 17-year-old son, known to friends as Dylan, was also in the plane when it went missing. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office said they will continue searching for him.
“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that the Sheriff’s Office is not done with this search,” said Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond. “We have a job to do, and we want to make sure this family knows exactly what happened.”
Tummond said this was one of the most difficult cases of his career. Tummond also said, along with the recovery crew, that it was one of the worst plane wrecks they’ve seen.
According to a member of one of the recovery crews, the entire side and roof of the plane were torn off upon impact, and it was difficult to see distinguishing features in the wreckage.
The plane will be taken to a facility in Jacksonville for investigation. Meanwhile, the search for Dylan will continue.
“You can replace a plane. You can replace a car,” Cooper said. “But you can’t replace a life.”