Coast Guard searching for small airplane off southeastern Mass.

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary are searching for a small aircraft after receiving a report the aircraft may be in distress in the vicinity of Dennis, Mass., and Yarmouth, Mass., Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center at 10:23 a.m. and indicated they lost all communication with the four-seat airplane after receiving a report from the crew of smoke in the cabin.

The command center diverted a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft and a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crew from their scheduled patrols to search. They also launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. A 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Provincetown were also launched.

The command center crew contacted the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center to inquire if they received any reports of a downed aircraft or if the plane’s beacon went off. They have not received a report of either.

“We are working with our partners from Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis to locate the missing aircraft,” said Lt. Bryan Swintek, the command center chief.

It is unknown at this time how many people are aboard the plane that was flying from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., to Hyannis, Mass.

“There’s still work left to do to determine the location and status of the aircraft and its passengers,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “But our crews got on scene quickly and our command center personnel are coordinating the entire operation. This is exactly what they’re all trained to do.”

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