Coast Guard responding to a downed aircraft in the Bahamas

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are searching for two people after receiving a report of a possible downed aircraft approximately 10 miles northeast of Acklin Island, Bahamas, Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center in Miami received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m., from an FAA controller, reporting the loss of radar and radio contact with a small twin-engine aircraft. A civilian aircraft pilot transiting the area at the same time contacted the FAA after witnessing an aircraft descend rapidly and possibly crash in the water.

Coast Guard crews are searching the waters in the vicinity of the aircraft’s last known position near Acklin Island. The identities of the two passengers are currently being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Searching are:

  • HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater deployed to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos

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  1. janelle paterson says:

    im the girlfriend of one of the pilots that went down yesterday near Acklin Island, Bahamas. Please, do you have any new info. could you tell me if you’re continuing the search and for how long, please

  2. michelle brathwaite says:

    I beg of you coast guard officials please resume your search as soon as possible,on behalf of all grenadians,we believe that are out there and we are not giving up hope,please help us find them.Just one more day thats all we ask please. God bless you on your search you will find them,just try one last time

  3. Indira Williams says:

    Hello :(
    Dear Coast Guard personnel etc.

    I am a dear friend of of the Nyack family and Bancroft is like a little brother to me … so please, I humbly beg, plead, implore you with every ounce of love and compassion in your hearts DONOT give up the search for the two pilots! They are out there alive and fighting to stay alive to be back home safely with their families & friends. So many of us — friends, well-wishers and their families have been praying diligently over the pass few days for their safe return. How can you ask us to loose hope and give up now? Pls… we all have our parts to play and ours are prayers, all we ask is that you give resume the search and try looking on the islands if they are not in the water! Thank you for all your hard work over the pass few days, but pls dont give up now – YOU’re our last hope in finding them! Pls. bring them back to us safely for we love them so very much!!!!! This would be the greatest Christmas gift of all!

  4. cgnews says:

    As stated many places on the site, Coast Guard News is a news site. We are not affiliated in any way with the Coast Guard. While we are saddened by your loss, your requests for continued search activity should be directed to the local Coast Guard unit.