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USCG and Mexican Navy search the pilot of an aircraft in Gulf of Mexico

HC-144 Ocean Sentry pilots from Aviation Training Center Mobile. USCG search aircraft pilot
HC-144 Ocean Sentry pilots from Aviation Training Center Mobile.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen (archive).

NEW ORLEANS — The USCG and Secretaria de Marina, the Mexican Navy, are searching for the pilot of a small overdue aircraft that likely crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

Missing is Steven Schumacher from Missouri, the pilot of the overdue Piper Aztec twin engine plane, tail number N778PA. There were no passengers with him.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from Schumacher’s family member, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, that Schumacher did not reach his destination.

Schumacher left Missouri Wednesday afternoon and was scheduled to land in Gonzales, Louisiana, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Schumacher’s last known position was 380 nautical miles south of Louisiana and 300 nautical miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas. An online flight tracker’s last contact for the plane indicated it was about 50 feet above the water.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry air crew
  • Secretaria de Marina vessel


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