Coast Guard Searches for Missing Aircraft Near Nassau

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing aircraft, with one person aboard, last seen about 50 miles northwest of Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday.

The aircraft was reported missing to Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators by the Federal Aviation Administration at about 11 a.m. Saturday. The FAA reported radar and radio contact had been lost with a Lancair four-person aircraft with one person aboard that was en route to Palm Beach Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., from Nassau International Airport.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter deployed in support of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, and an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami were launched to search for the missing aircraft. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward was diverted from its patrol to assist in the search.

The Cutter Forward is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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