Two Franklin County brothers dead after helicopter crash on the way to OBX

A friend of the brothers says there was bad weather in the area

Two brothers from the local area are dead after their helicopter crashed while flying to the Outer Banks.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Two men from Franklin County are dead after their helicopter crashed while flying to the Outer Banks.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified the two as brothers, Alan Arant and John Arant, both staples on Smith Mountain Lake.

They departed from Mecklenburg Brunkswick Regional Airport Wednesday night and planned to land at the Dare County Regional Airport.

Debris from the helicopter was found during a search at the Mouth of the Alligator River Thursday morning.

A friend of the brothers says there was bad weather in the area.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.