Coast Guard continues to search for missing aircraft near Pascagoula, Miss.

HC-144PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The Coast Guard, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Jackson County Sheriffs Department are investigating a report of a debris field in connection with the missing aircraft near Gauthier, Tuesday.

Response crews are continuing their search for three people who were aboard a Lancair single-engine plane missing since approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified at approximately 10:40 p.m., by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that the single-engine plane lost radar contact shortly after take-off from Gulfport.

Involved in the search is:

  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama
  • A 24-foot Shallow Water Special Purpose Craft from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Five Mississippi Department of Marine Resources boatcrews
  • A Chevron private helicopter crew

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