WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for three people after a report of a downed aircraft near Brookings, Oregon, early Tuesday morning.
Coast Guard Sector North Bend took over as search mission coordinator from the the Air Force Regional Communication Center early Tuesday afternoon after a backpack believed to belong to an occupant aboard the aircraft washed ashore near Lone Ranch Picnic Park, 4 miles north of the Brookings Airport.
A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, initially started its search over land between the Grants Pass and Brookings airports at 8 a.m., in support of the AFRCC. The crew was searching for any signs of a missing 1964 Cessna 172F, but no distress was found inland.
The Coast Guard currently has aircrews aboard a C-27J Spartan fixed-wing aircraft, from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, California, and a Dolphin helicopter on scene and searching the area. A boatcrew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings is also searching. Personnel from the Civil Air Patrol and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office are also providing search assets and personnel.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who are involved as we conduct this search,” said Kevin St. Pierre, operations unit controller, at Sector North Bend. “We have established a reasonable search area and every available asset is in position to support our search efforts.”
The cause of the incident is unknown at this time and will be investigated.
Search crews currently have good search conditions consisting of clear skies with approximately 10 miles of visability. The air temperature is currently 66 degrees.