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Coast Guard search downed aircraft near Drum Inlet, NC

Coast Guard search downed aircraft near Drum Inlet, NC
Archive image: Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopters fly flight formations at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wednesday, March 10, 2016.
The United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews were at Kill Devil Hills to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Coast Guard’s aviation program with formation flights and a yellow classic painting scheme.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.​ – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a downed aircraft approximately​ 4 nautical miles east of Drum Inlet, North Carolina, Sunday evening.​

The Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received​ a report of a possible downed aircraft from an air traffic controller at United States Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point informing that the aircraft was seen behaving erratically on radar and then disappeared​ from the radar screen.​

A U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Macon Motor Lifeboat crew was launched along with a U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet Response Boat-Small boat crew.

An MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was also launched to search the possible downed aircraft in the area near Drum Inlet.

Coast Guard search downed aircraft near Drum Inlet, NC
Archive image: The Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch underway in the Atlantic Ocean Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
The crew’s primary missions include search and rescue, law enforcement, and ports, waterways and coastal security.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef.

The Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, local fire department and national park service beach crews are also assisting with search and rescue response efforts.

-USCG-

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