ANDREWS, SC (WCBD) – The search continues for an airplane that left the Andrews Airport late Thursday morning.
The names of the people on board have not been officially released as officials continue to search for the plane and notify next of kin.
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that five people took off from the Robert F. Swinnie Airport at around yesterday.
The plane was leaving Andrews, SC headed to the Bahamas.
The Coast Guard also tells us the Air Traffic Control Center in Jacksonville received a report of an emergency on the plane and it was reported missing about 110 miles east of Charleston in the Atlantic at about 11:30am Thursday.
An HC-130 and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the Coast Guard have been involved in the search. Also, the coast guard cutter Hamilton and Nathan Bruckenthal, a Private Boat, “Seabulk challenge” and a Navy P-3 Orion have helped search the area.
Coast Guard officials tell us they are starting at the plane’s last known location and working out from there.