CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is responding to a downed aircraft Thursday approximately 110 miles east of Charleston.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders of a civilian aircraft emergency at 11:33 a.m., according to the news release.
The Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency, lost contact on radar and notified the AFRCC.
The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was leaving from South Carolina to the Bahamas.
Assisting in the response are:
- Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft
- Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
- Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton
- Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal
- Commercial vessel Seabulk Challenge
- Navy P-3 Orion
FAA Statement: Officials are searching for a missing #Piper PA-31 #aircraft about 100 miles southeast of #Charleston, SC. Check with @USCGSoutheast for more information.— The FAA (@FAANews) October 25, 2018