Coast Guard continues to search for downed aircraft 110 miles east of Charleston

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter takes off from the deck of the Cutter Hamilton to continue searching for a downed civilian aircraft Oct. 27, 2018, 110 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was en route to the Bahamas from South Carolina on when they declared an in-flight emergency and were lost on radar. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter takes off from the deck of the Cutter Hamilton to continue searching for a downed civilian aircraft Oct. 27, 2018, 110 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is continuing to search Saturday for a downed aircraft approximately 110 miles east of Charleston.

Coast Guard crews have searched approximately 3,000 square miles.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders Thursday of a civilian aircraft emergency at 11:33 a.m. The Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency, lost contact on radar and notified the AFRCC. The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was leaving from South Carolina to the Bahamas.

Read the original report of the search.

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