Coast Guard, Maryland responders search for 2 from plane crash

Coast Guard Station Ocean City 25-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

Coast Guard Station Ocean City 25-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police are searching for two missing people by air and water Thursday, after debris from their small plane was found in the water near Ocean City Inlet.

Missing are Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center began coordinating search efforts when the Cessna 172 didn’t return to Martin State Airport as expected and was not transmitting its location beacon. They left from Martin State Airport and were seen practicing touch-and-gos at the Ocean City Municipal Airport Wednesday evening.

A natural resources police helicopter crew located a sheen off Ocean City at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and the Coast Guard was called to take over coordination of the search. A mariner, natural resources police boat and Coast Guard boat crews located debris from the airplane near the sheen.

Watchstanders at the command center at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region are coordinating response efforts with Coast Guard Station Ocean City boat crews, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopter crews, Maryland State Police divers and the natural resources police boat and helicopter.

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