Coast Guard Searching for 2 After Plane Crash in Gulf of Mexico

YANKEETOWN, Fla. – The Coast Guard has been searching since about 8 p.m., Sunday, for two people in the water after a private aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico about 14-miles west of Yankeetown, Fla.

The Coast Guard received a call at 7:45 p.m., Sunday, from an air-traffic controller in Jacksonville, Fla., reporting that a twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, reported to have been traveling from Tallahassee, Fla., to Vandenberg Airport in Tampa, Fla., crashed about 14-miles west of Yankeetown with two people onboard.

The identity of the missing people is unknown.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown and Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater, Fla., along with an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue-helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules search-plane crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, are searching the water for the missing people.

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