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Four people killed in Williston plane crash, wreckage found nearly a day later

Photo courtesy of the Williston Police Department.

Two adults and two children died after a small plane crashed near the Williston Airport Saturday, but the plane wasn't discovered until nearly a day later.

None of the people on board have been identified as of Monday.

The NTSB says the 1948 Cessna 170 "tail dragger" was flying from Georgia to Florida when it stopped at the Williston Municipal Airport Saturday afternoon.

"From what we know right now, it fueled at about 11:30 in Georgia, and it's about a 2 1/2 hour flight down here. We have fueling reciepts down here where he fueled up at 2:48," Investigator Dan Boggs said.

Boggs said they believe the plane crashed around 3:10 p.m. Saturday. But it wasn't until nearly 24 hours later that anyone noticed the crash and called police.

Levy County authorities responded around 1:12 p.m. Sunday and found the wreckage at the tree line on the north side of the taxi way.

The NTSB says it's using every resource to determine what happened.

"The video that the airport has, the aircraft is too far away to have it clear," Boggs said. "We'll be sending some of the information some of the instruments to our NTSB lab."

He said the preliminary investigation could take weeks but getting all of the answers could take months.


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