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Coast Guard suspends search for plane that crashed east of Jacksonville

“The suspension of an active search and rescue case is never an easy decision to make.”

The Coast Guard announced Saturday that is has suspended its search for a plane that crashed east of Jacksonville with two people inside.

At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a distress call was made from a Piper PA-46 single-engine aircraft as it quickly lost altitude near Ponte Vedra, prompting a search that lasted 56 hours and spanned about 1400 square miles.

“The suspension of an active search and rescue case is never an easy decision to make,” said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th district. “We always want the best case scenario to happen and will continue to monitor for new information that could aid responders.” 

The plane was en route to New Jersey from Orlando in a flight estimated to be under four hours. 

Multiple agencies responded to the crash:

The identities of the people on the plane are unknown at this time.

The FAA said it will investigate the crash and that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused the accident.

Credit: First Coast News
Image of a plane that crashed east of Jacksonville with two people on board.
Credit: FlightAware

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