Coast Guard assisting in downed aircraft case near Bahamas

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG MH-60 helicopter file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is assisting in the search for a possible survivor Wednesday from a plane crash near the Bahamas.

The Coast Guard received notification Tuesday evening from the Federal Aviation Administration of an overdue twin-engine Beechcraft airplane carrying two people. The plane departed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was en route to Nassau, Bahamas.

Around the same time, the Coast Guard received notification of a plane crash from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).

Bahamian authorities, including RBDF and the Bahamian Air and Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), requested the Coast Guard’s assistance in locating the site of the crash.

Seventh Coast Guard District search-and-rescue coordinators in Miami launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. that was deployed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas.

The AUTEC helicopter crew launched, searched and located a debris field about six miles southwest of Nassau that looked characteristic of a plane crash. They contacted BASRA and RBDF with the debris field location, and Bahamian officials arrived on scene and recovered one deceased individual.

The Coast Guard is providing further aerial assistance Wednesday to help locate the remaining missing person.

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