Coast Guard searches for overdue plane near Half Moon Bay

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsSAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was flying a small plane that may have crashed after takeoff from the Half Moon Bay Area airport yesterday morning.

Missing is Andrew Hayden, 75.

Hayden’s wife contacted the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at about 8 p.m., and reported him overdue. The Air Force RCC reviewed the radar track lines and found the last radar hit was just off the Half Moon Bay coast.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco assumed the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at 10:30 p.m. Sector San Francisco then issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, and commenced a shoreline search.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat were dispatched.

Search crews have not found any sign of wreckage, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento was scheduled to take off for a first light search.

Anyone with information about Hayden should call the Coast Guard command center at (415) 399-3547.

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