Coast Guard Ends Search For Plane and Crew
January 16, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard has ended their search for the missing aircraft and its two-person crew off Brewster, Mass., Sunday.
The two people aboard the small aircraft were located deceased by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a Brewster Fire Department crew at Saint’s Landing in Brewster, Mass.
Brewster Fire Department located the first person and the helicopter crew located the second person shortly after.
“The search conditions were challenging, but we had good communications with the Dennis Police Department and other ground crews, which enabled us to direct ground crews to the second person when we located him in the surf,” said Lt. j.g. Jared Carbajal, the Coast Guard helicopter co-pilot.
Neither the plane nor its wreckage has been located.
“It’s a sad way to end a flight,” said Carbajal. “It’s certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, but I just hope the families will be able to have some closure.”
Both names are being withheld pending next of kin notification by the Brewster Police Department.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “We could see it on the faces of all the first responders. Everyone was hoping the search would end very differently.”
In addition to the helicopter crew, an HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Air Station Cape Cod, a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft, a 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Provincetown spent several hours searching for the single engine plane and its crew.
The Coast Guard began searching for the plane after receiving a report from the Federal Aviation Association stating they had lost communication with the plane after the crew reported having smoke in their cabin.