Sunday, August 31, 2014

Coast Guard ends search for Cirrus pilot in Atlantic Ocean

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday for the pilot of a plane that crashed Saturday approximately 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew searched until sunset Saturday and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Beluga searched through the night until Sunday morning for wreckage or any sign of the pilot aboard the downed aircraft.

A fisherman in the vicinity of the crash recovered a wheel and an engine cowling thought to belong to the crashed plane and turned it over to the crew of Cutter Beluga. Both items are scheduled to be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Anonymous said...

Single pilot operation above 14000 feet should be prohibited. It is simply unsafe.

The Cirrus SR22 is the new Doctor Killer. Expensive, complex and dangerous to those who are not proficient.

Keith Stein said...

Very sad situation. Thanks for the comments.