The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing aircraft in Lake Pontchartrain, Thursday.
Coast Guard officials received a call from the New Orleans International Airport air traffic control tower at approximately 8:30 p.m Wednesday reporting a missing Cessna 172 with two people aboard.
“The Coast Guard has searched the 161 square-mile area 13 times over the past 20 hours,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Molavi. “We would like to extend our sympathies to the families during this difficult time.”
The search is suspended, pending further developments, the Coast Guard said in a press statement.