Coast Guard suspends search for overdue aircraft

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an aircraft reported overdue at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 52 hours, covering approximately 5,700 square miles, in an effort to locate a single-engine Piper PA28 aircraft. The Coast Guard launched the search Monday after receiving a report that the aircraft had departed Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Ala., shortly after 7 a.m.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., Coast Guard Cutters Cobia and Pompano and the U.S. Air Force were involved in the search.

There were no signs of a downed aircraft or a debris field.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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