Small plane crashes, Coast Guard searching for missing person

BOSTON – Coast Guard crews are searching for a person in the water after receiving a report that a chartered plane crashed in Belfast Bay, Maine, at around 6:15 p.m., today.

Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, received a call from the Waldo County dispatch reporting a plane with one person aboard crashed into the water near the Belfast airport.

A 25-foot boat crew from Station Rockland and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., are on scene searching for the missing person. Maine Marine Patrol and local fire and police departments are also on scene searching.

An oil slick and debris matching the missing plane’s description have been found in the area. It is unknown whether the plane was taking off or landing at the Belfast airport. The airport has no control tower to monitor air traffic.

The identity of the person is unknown at this time.

“We hope to find a sign that the person made it safely from the plane,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dean Drake, the situation controller for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “The Coast Guard and local emergency responders immediately saturated the area with rescue equipment and personnel and plan to continue to search throughout the night.”

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