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.