Coast Guard, Bahamian officials search for downed aircraft

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsMIAMI — The Coast Guard and Bahamian officials are searching for two possible survivors from a plane crash near the Bahamas Monday.

The Coast Guard received notification Monday afternoon from Federal Aviation Administration officials that lost communications with a small airplane carrying two people. The plane reportedly departed from Marsh Harbor, Bahamas and was en route to Daytona Beach, Fla.

Bahamian authorities, including Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Bahamian Air and Sea Rescue Association requested the Coast Guard’s assistance in locating the site of the crash.

Seventh Coast Guard District search-and-rescue coordinators in Miami launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., deployed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island Bahamas. Also assisting in the search are a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., C-130 aircrew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami.

The AUTEC helicopter crew searched and located a possible aircraft debris field. A RBDF vessel launched and located an oil sheen southwest of the debris field.

Coast Guard and Bahamian officials continue to search for the two possible surviviors.

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