Search for plane yields no clues

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ST. CROIX - At the close of the day on Thursday, crews searching for the wreckage of a charter plane that crashed just south of St. Thomas early Saturday morning were no closer to finding the pilot and two passengers than they had been days before.

For the sixth straight day, a private boat with a dive squad and a boat from the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources took to the open seas about eight miles south of St. Thomas, where authorities believe a Piper Aztec flown by veteran pilot Kirby Hodge crashed before dawn Saturday.

Rachel Hamilton, Darwin Carr and Valerie Jackson Thompson were passengers on the plane.

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