Rescue crews still searching for downed plane off Carolina coast

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Rescue crews are searching for a plane that disappeared about 100-miles off the coast of Charleston.

According to Federal Aviation Administration officials, the Piper PA-31 has been missing since noon Thursday.

The plane departed from Robert F. Swinnie Airport in Andrews, SC and was reportedly headed to the Bahamas.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the plane reported an in-flight emergency to the Jacksonville Air Traffic Control Center before it disappeared off the radar.

Names of those on the downed plane have not yet been released. We are told officials are still notifying next of kin as they search for the plane.  

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, and Navy P-3 Orion have all been assisting in the search.

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