Coast Guard responding to report of downed aircraft near Brunswick, Ga.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard boat and air crews are assisting the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in a search for survivors of a reported plane crash near Grant Creek on Mackay River, east of Golden Isles Aviation in St. Simons Island, Ga., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified at 7:10 p.m. of FAA reports of lost radar contact with a twin-engine plane carrying two people and subsequent reports from the public of crash-like noises near Grant Creek.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, Ga., are currently searching the area. Crews have reported multiple debris fields consistent with a small plane crash but have not located either of the two people reportedly aboard the plane.

The Glynn County Police Department is also assisting, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is leading the water search.

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  1. James M Hicks says:

    The Golden Isles Aviation is on St Simons Island near Malcolm McKinnon Airport. MacKay River is between Golden Isles Aviation and the Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick. MacKay River is not east of Golden Isles Aviation, it is east of Golden Isles Airport.

    The Golden Isles Airport northi part of Brunswick) was once the civilian or public operated “jetport”. Before that the strip was part of NAS Glynco (blimp base). The little old Brunswick airport was where, probably the College of Coastal Georgia campus and a hospital and shopping mall are located.

    Anyway, there is a great difference between Golden Isles Avaition and the Golden Isles Airport, not only in distance —about five miles of marshes—but in character. The “Avaition” is a flying company located on Saint Simons Island near an airport.

    I was born in Brunswick in the middle of WWII and was raised there.