Coast Guard searching for 5 people in downed aircraft

PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The Coast Guard has been searching since about 3 p.m. for five people after an aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles west of Port Richey.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a call at 3 p.m. from an air-traffic controller in Jacksonville, Fla., reporting that a twin-engine Cessna aircraft reported to have been traveling from Collin County Regional Airport, in Mc Kinney, Texas, had crashed about 20 miles west of Port Richey with five people onboard.

The identity of the missing people is unknown.

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

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