Coast Guard Searching For Missing Plane Near Cedar Key, Florida

CEDAR KEY, Fla. – The Coast Guard is searching for a single-engine aircraft that did not return after taking off from Cedar Key Airport at about 12 a.m. Saturday.

The aircraft and five people aboard departed from Plant City Airport, Fla., and landed at Cedar Key Airport Friday evening. Three of the passengers departed from Cedar Key Airport at about midnight for what was scheduled to be a ten minute flight. The aircraft did not return.

The Coast Guard received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at about 2 a.m. reporting the overdue aircraft.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., was launched at 3:30 a.m., along with a 27-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Fla., to search for the missing plane.

The Coast Guard is searching the area from Rattlesnake Key to 37 miles south of Cedar Key. Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) aircraft, a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft and a C-130 search plane from Air Station Clearwater are also assisting in the search.

The passenger’s names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

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