Coast Guard searching for missing aircraft near Pascagoula, Miss.

65 New OrleansNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing single engine plane with three people aboard, approximately four miles south of Pascagoula, Miss., Tuesday.

At approximately 10:40 p.m., Monday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that a Lancair single engine plane lost radar contact at approximately 12:30 p.m., shortly after take-off from Gulfport.

Radar and cell phone forensics provided last known location approximately 3.5 miles south of Pascagoula over water in the Mississippi Sound.

Searching for the plane are:

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter and crew.

A Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft.

A Coast Guard Station Pascagoula 24-foot Special Purpose Craft.

Two Mississippi Department of Marine Resources boat crews.

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