Training Center Cape May returns to normal security operations

Coast Guard personnel and other various agencies stand in front of a plane on a secured beach on the southeast side of Training Center Cape May after it landed illegally and the pilot ran off, June 25, 2018. Official U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Coast Guard personnel and other various agencies stand in front of a plane on a secured beach on the southeast side of Training Center Cape May after it landed illegally and the pilot ran off, June 25, 2018.  Official U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has resumed normal security operations following the heightened security postures imposed Monday.

“At this point we are confident the missing pilot is not aboard the training center,” said Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards, training center spokesperson. “After working with Cape May County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, which indicated the pilot’s scent lead away from the training center, as well as physical tracks from the plane and security camera footage showing the pilot heading away from the training center itself, the command decided to resume standard security measures.”

The plane has been removed.

The plane was defueled and its wings were removed to mitigate any potential damage to the environment and wildlife.

Training Center Cape May security personnel will continue to be posted at all access points, as well as by the plane.

Multiple agencies responded to the aircraft landing Sunday evening, including the Coast Guard Fire and Police Departments, Coast Guard Investigative Services, Cape May County Police Department and the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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