Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Plane

MIAMI – The Coast Guard suspended its search for five men and their missing aircraft in the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 8 p.m.

The search for Glen Quackenbush, Mark Santa, Michael Lefosky, Michael Gross and Troy Taylor, all from Broward County, Fla., began at about 9:20 a.m. today after Federal Aviation Administration officials reported losing radar contact with the twin engine Piper Aztec aircraft about 20 miles east of Fort Lauderdale.

Coast Guard crews from Air Station Miami, the Cutter Chandeleur, and a 41-foot Utility Boat from Station Fort Lauderdale all participated in the search.

Coast Guard assets searched for approximately 10 hours and saturated the 46 nautical square mile search area.

“It is always difficult for operational commanders to decide to suspend a search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “However, based on the amount of time crews searched, the coverage of the search area and current information regarding the crash, the Coast Guard determined it was time to suspend search operations. The families and friends of these five men have our deepest sympathy.”

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