Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coast Guard search for missing aircraft in Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies continue their search on Wednesday for the three people who were aboard a Lancair single-engine plane missing near Pascagoula, Miss.

Rescue crews continue their search for Dexter Brewer, Gerald Miletello and Ron Gregory, who were aboard the plane that lost radar contact shortly after take-off from Gulfport on Monday evening. Response crews have covered more than 1,200 square miles in their search efforts.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified at approximately 10:40 p.m., Monday, by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that the single-engine plane lost radar contact shortly after take-off from Gulfport.

Involved in the search is:

  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.
  • HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crews from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama.
  • 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Shallow Water boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula.
  • Small boat crews from Coast Guard Station Gulfport.
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources boatcrews.
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department boatcrews.
  • A Chevron private helicopter crew.

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