Search continues Tuesday at Chickamauga Lake for signs of crashed plane

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UPDATE (Tuesday evening):

Investigators believe there are no survivors after a plane crashed in Chickamauga Lake near Soddy-Daisy Monday.

Now in its second day, investigators say the search has become a recovery mission. Investigators say it could take days, even weeks until the operation is finished.

On Tuesday, NewsChannel 9's Kiley Thomas spoke with family and friends of the pilot, a man from Hamilton County.

The ongoing government shutdown could also mean a delay in finding out exactly what happened to the plane.

We learned the stalemate in Washington is forcing agencies like the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to prioritize their investigations.

Mariah Rock looked into what that means for this investigation - see her report here.

Earlier Tuesday, Aaron Farrar spoke with investigators about the search turned recovery mission.

Depend on us to update you as we learn more.

PREVIOUSLY (Tuesday morning):

The search for debris from a plane that crashed in Chickamauga Lake near Soddy-Daisy resumed Tuesday morning. Authorities say they have discovered some debris, but have still not located the main wreckage.

Authorities found enough debris Monday afternoon to determine a plane had, in fact, crashed - but there's still no sign of the main wreckage, or the pilot or any occupants. They say it could take weeks before the operation is finished.

Watch a 10 a.m. news conference below:

Authorities would not yet identify the pilot or any possible passengers.

Forensic dive teams, drones, marine control personnel and other resources are being used. Once located divers find the damage, they will see how best to remove it from the water with a crane.

On Tuesday a homeowner reported finding a part of the plane by their dock.

Crews will resume searching the water at 9 a.m., and plan to hold a news briefing update at 10 a.m. NewsChannel 9 will stream that live on Facebook.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says a man reported a plane having trouble and crashing shortly before 2 p.m. Monday near Camp Vesper Point.

The FAA said in an update Monday evening that "the aircraft is submerged in a large river channel (destroyed). Divers were unsuccessful in their recovery efforts to locate any persons on board."

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea said in a news conference that the debris found appears to be from a plane fuselage. Lea says the search area consists of water that 40 feet deep in some places, and high winds caused choppy waters, making search efforts difficult.

TVA confirms to NewsChannel 9 that it is coordinating water flow on the river with Hamilton County EMS to help with the search.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you the latest developments as they come in.

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