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Two dead in Seale, Ala., plane crash

Two people were found dead Monday afternoon in Seale, Ala., at the site where an airplane that went missing that morning was found.

The identities of the two people, who left Lebanon, Tenn., around 10 a.m. CDT, weren't released Monday evening. Jonathan Lartigue, an officer with the Civil Air Patrol Alabama wing, said the single-engine airplane headed to Eufaula, Ala., went missing just before noon, spurring several agencies to search for the plane.

The low-wing, experimental-built blue and white plane was found around 5 p.m., Lartigue said. For reasons unknown to Lartigue, the plane diverted to Columbus and then to Auburn before it was last seen on radar just before noon CDT in the Seale, Ala., area.

The Civil Air Patrol was activated by the Air Force at 2 p.m. CDT for a search and rescue mission. Four ground teams, one light aircraft team, the Russell and Lee county sheriff's offices and Alabama State Troopers assisted in the search.

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