RALEIGH, N.C. — A Florida couple died when a plane crashed Sunday night in Raleigh, and the pilot was a veterinarian from Florida and an experienced flyer.

Search and rescue crews located the plane around 10 a.m. Monday in William B. Umstead State Park near the Reedy Creek multi-use trail following an extensive overnight search.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said two casualties were found at the plane site, which was difficult to access due to rugged terrain.

Dr. Harvey Partridge and Patricia Partridge, both 72, of Terra Ceia, Florida, were identified as casualties. Harvey Partridge, a well-respected veterinarian, was flying the plane, and friends of the family told WRAL News that he was an experienced pilot who had logged thousands of hours in the air.

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