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NTSB: Pilot who flew plane into ocean 'presumed fatally injured'

6:08 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on a man who is believed to have flown his plane into the ocean last month.

The report states that "certificated commercial pilot" Gene Milowicki "was not found and presumed fatally injured." The full report will take six to nine months to complete.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT

A friend of Milowicki's told the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that he believed Milowicki flew his plane into the ocean early on Sept. 23.

Police found Milowicki's vehicle in the hangar at Herlong Airport, but not the plane. A suicide note dated Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 2:25 a.m. was found on the passenger's seat of Milowicki's vehicle.

According to the NTSB report, no flight plan was filed for the flight of the Cessna 172B, which left Herlong around 2:42 a.m. on Sept. 23.

The final sighting of the plane was at 4:29 a.m., 21 nautical miles east of Naval Station Mayport, the report stated.

After a commercial diving vessel found a piece of debris off the coast of St. Augustine, the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for the plane on Sept. 25 and the search "ceased on September 26, and neither the pilot nor any additional wreckage was recovered," the report stated.

To read the full preliminary NTSB report on the accident, click here.

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