Coast Guard, local agencies searching for downed military aircraft near Santa Rosa

Black Hawk soars over cloudsNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a downed military aircraft near Santa Rosa Sound, Florida, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District Command Center received a report of a downed military aircraft at approximately 11 p.m., Tuesday. The aircraft reportedly had four Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard aircrew and seven Camp Lejeune-based Marines.

The watchstanders directed the launch of Coast Guard small boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Pensacola and Coast Guard Station Destin to conduct a search of the sound for the missing aircraft crew. The Station Destin small boatcrew arrived on scene around 11:20 p.m., and conducted search within the area.

The search area is approximately 17 miles by three miles focused within Santa Rosa Sound. A debris field consistent with a military aircraft was spotted by Coast Guard Station Destin small boatcrew at about 1:30 a.m., Wednesday.

The Coast Guard is working with the Eglin Air Force Base Incident Command Post, which consists of personnel from Escambia County Volunteer Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Okaloosa County Fire Department, Hurlburt Field Fire Department and Gulf Breeze Fire Department.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the members involved in this incident,” said Layne Carter, search and rescue mission coordinator. “We are aggressively searching for possible survivors involved in the crash.”

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  1. Eric and Em London says:

    Loop currents in fl water area are 3.6 knots and conversion on knots are of course 1.51 times 3.6 equals 4.51 mph drift of survivors floating in water from crash site from the crash area.

    From crash site drifting it took them probably approximately 4.51 mph from crash site since crash multiply that by how many hours since crash (38 so far approx?) and you get how many hours drifting away.

    I would say they are at least 151 miles away from crash site at a minimum not counting wind and waves weather calculations and rip currents and undertow. By hypothermia survival charts they have maybe 4 hours to be found or they will be dead in 62.1 degree water unless they are on top of debri huddled together as thier training would have them do. Which I hope hope they did. God willing. I pray and hope. God speed in thier rescue. I hope they are found. The loop currents in the gulf go in a certain pattern as you know this time of year usually towards miramar beach then swings down towards tip of florida in that direction so currents are going east and then south. I know because of this search area needs to be broadly extended way past just mere 20 miles. PLEASE SEARCH FARTHER OUT!!! aND FASTER!

    Thanks. Not sure if im right because im not smartest tool in the shed but thought i could try because what could it hurt?