Coast Guard searches for two after plane crash in Matagorda Bay

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews are searching for two people who are missing after their plane crashed in Matagorda Bay, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor received a call at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department reporting that a single engine, experimental civilian plane had crashed.

An MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and two 25-foot Response Boats-Small and crews from Station Port O’Connor were dispatched to the scene. An HU-25 Falcon jet and crew was diverted from a patrol to search for the downed aircraft. Also searching are two Texas Parks and Wildlife boats and crews.

Crews located a portion of the plane’s partially submerged fuselage near the Matagorda Ship Channel. A certified diver inspected the wreckage, but no persons were found onboard the aircraft.

Crews continue to search for two missing persons believed to be aboard the aircraft. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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