Coast Guard searching for downed aircraft, 11 people aboard

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are searching for an aircraft that reportedly crashed with 11 people aboard four miles west of West Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, Monday around 4:48 p.m.

The multi-engine Britton Norman Island aircraft, tail number N650LP, departed Santiago, Dominican Republic and was en route to refuel in Mayaguana, Bahamas, before continuing its voyage to New York when it dropped off radar.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, deployed to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands in support of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, a HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Air Station Miami, an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Detroit embarked aboard the cutter Bear and the crew of the cutter Bear are searching for the missing aircraft.

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

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