Coast Guard suspends search for reported downed aircraft

CHARLESTOWN R.I. – U.S. Coast Guard crews suspend the search for a reported downed aircraft near Charlestown Beach at 8:50 a.m., Aug. 8, 2010.

Coast Guard crews have searched an area approximately 150-square miles.

Rescue crewmembers from Stations Point Judith and New London used 25 and 27-foot response boats and a 47-foot motor life boat to saturate the area. The Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot Patrol Boat from Montauk, N.Y., searched throughout the night. An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and HU-25 Falcon jet crew, from Air Station Cape Cod, conducted several sorties including a first light search. All crews had no results in the search.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders did not receive any other information regarding a missing aircraft after the initial report.

There are no reports of missing aircraft or missing persons at this time.

Rescue crews are standing by if information regarding the case is reported.

Please call Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders at (508) 457-3211 with any information regarding the missing aircraft.

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