One eyewitness said the plane was "flying way too low…so low I could have thrown a rock up and hit the bottom of the plane."
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FAA representative Arlene Salac said the pilot radioed Mayday because of low fuel. Air traffic responded to the distress call and asked if the pilot could use his instruments. He answered in the affirmative, and air traffic control tracked the plane and provided assistance but only for a few minutes; after that, communication was lost.
Volunteer firefighters from Lavalette, Ceredo, Kenova and Wayne, the England Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Kentucky and West Virginia State Police and Wayne County Sheriff's Office were all on the scene of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to announce a press conference sometime today.