SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A small plane that took off from Causey Airport in Liberty crashed near Savannah on Sunday.
Authorities found the wreckage in a marsh outside Savannah and are working to determine the cause of the incident.
A spokeswoman for the FAA said that the single-engine, 1968 Cessna 172 plane had been flying to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from Liberty on Sunday when it went missing.
Officials lost contact with the aircraft at 6:55 p.m. and one person was believed to be aboard.
Officer Gena Bilbo confirmed crews recovered the body of David Wentz, 46, around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Wentz was the pilot. No one else was on board.
WTOC reported Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, U.S. Coast Guard and state officials were involved in the search. The TV station reported the wreckage was found around 1 a.m.
An officer told WTOC someone near the Coffee Bluff Marina reported seeing a plane “dramatically losing altitude” about the same time it disappeared from radar.