Coast Guard responds to downed aircraft 110 miles east of Charleston

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is responding to a downed aircraft Thursday approximately 110 miles east of Charleston.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders 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.

Assisting in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton
  • Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal
  • Commercial vessel Seabulk Challenge
  • Navy P-3 Orion

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