A year after Jackson County plane crash, families still look for remains

November 1, 2016 in News

This section of airplane debris was discovered by Gautier resident Tim Waugh as he walked along a stretch of Belle Fontaine Beach after a private airplane went down last October. A year later, the families are still searching for the remains of the three men killed in the crash. (Courtesy photo/Tim Waugh)

This section of airplane debris was discovered by Gautier resident Tim Waugh as he walked along a stretch of Belle Fontaine Beach after a private airplane went down last October. A year later, the families are still searching for the remains of the three men killed in the crash. (Courtesy photo/Tim Waugh)

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (AP) — A small plane crashed into the Mississippi Sound last October, killing three men aboard.

A year later, the search continues for the remains of the victims. And despite the passage of time, the searchers may be getting close.

Tina Cook, of Saucier, told WLOX-TV her husband, Dexter Brewer, was a passenger on the plane.

Though significant pieces of the wreckage were found, the victims’ remains have not been recovered. Cook says she appreciates that crews are still looking and not giving up.

Underwater recovery expert Mark Michaud has been working with the family.

He’s convinced the remaining portion of plane wreckage, along with the victims’ remains, are located beneath the bottom of the sound, embedded in the mud at the spot where the plane went down; the same place the Coast Guard recovered a large tail piece.

“Maybe a piece of the starboard or right side of the cabin. Forward of the wing, and the engine. And of course, the remains. The bones of the three men that were onboard that aircraft,” he said.

“We’ve done our homework and we think now that we have the information that we need to finally be able to bring Dexter home,” said Cook, “And that’s the goal of all this, to be able to bring him and the other two guys home.”

Brewer’s father is longing for some closure.

“Well, I hope so. I appreciate what everybody’s been doing for it, you know,” said Pettis Brewer.

“We’re not going to go away, we’re not going to back down. We’re going to keep on going until we bring him home,” Cook said.