Coast Guard suspends search for two missing persons associated with plane crash near Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Coast Guard suspends search for two missing persons associated with plane crash near Emerald Isle, North Carolina
This is a graphic of the combined search patterns conducted by Coast Guard assets March 24, 2020, during a search for two missing persons after their aircraft was reported to have gone down 13 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet, North Carolina. Coast Guard watchstanders were initially notified of the incident by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point, who reported that an aircraft had dropped from their radar.
U.S. Coast Guard Graphic.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday evening for two missing persons involved in a Cessna plane crash 13 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet, North Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders were initially notified of the incident by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point that an aircraft reportedly dropped from their radar.

Archivr image: an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies in formation above a Marine Corps HH-46E Sea Knight helicopter crew from Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, near Cape Lookout.
A Marine Corps air crew flew the final official flight of an Air Station Cherry Point HH-46E Sea Knight helicopter, also known as “Pedro,” Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.U.S.
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Watchstanders at Sector North Carolina dispatched MH-60 Jayhawk and HC-130J Super Hercules aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Emerald Isle, and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal to respond. Coast Guard personnel searched a combined total of 676.3 square miles over air, sea, and land.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the incident. The Coast Guard has suspended its search, pending the development of new information.

Archive image: a US Coast Guard C-130J from Air Station Elizabeth City sits on the flightline at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhhampton Beach, N.Y., along side a 106th Rescue Wing HC-130 from the New York Air National Guard Feb. 5, 2015.
Pararescue jumpers and Combat Rescue Officers with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, of the 106th Rescue Wing met with aircrew and rescue swimmers from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to discuss possible joint training, compare rescue tactics and showcase the squadrons equipment and training.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy.

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