Coast Guard searching for downed Piper PA-30 civilian aircraft

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard is assisting multiple agencies in a search for two people on board a Piper PA-30 aircraft reported to have crashed 5 miles northwest of Port Mansfield, Friday.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration at 12:05 a.m. Friday morning, stating they had lost communications and radar contact with the twin-engine aircraft at approximately 10 p.m., Thursday. Following a coordinated search of local airports, the FAA reported no sign of the aircraft.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet at 1:45 a.m. to search for signs of a possible downed aircraft.

At 11 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call from the Department of Public Safety stating that possible wreckage was located by the Civil Air Patrol. An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter was launched and is currently searching the area for additional wreckage and survivors.

The missing aircraft left Borger, Thursday evening enroute to Port Mansfield.

Assisting agencies include:

* U.S. Air Force
* Civil Air Patrol
* Texas Parks and Wildlife
* Department of Public Safety

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