Coast Guard responds to report of downed ultralight aircraft near Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, responded to a report of a downed parachute-type ultralight aircraft 2 miles west of Newport Beach on Sunday.

The report was received by Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach at approximately 5:30 p.m. from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles, a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles, and the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, were on scene overnight with local agencies, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, in attempt to locate a debris field and search for survivors. No signs of distress or debris were found.

A helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles conducted a first-light search this morning, with no debris sighted. There were also no reports of any missing persons. Contact with eyewitnesses this morning revealed that no impact was sighted, rather a rapid descent in waning light conditions.

The search was called off this morning at approximately 9:45 by both the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Coast Guard. A total of 84 square nautical miles was searched by both air and surface search and rescue assets.

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