Coast Guard suspends search for survivors after plane crashes at NC coast

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Coast Guard crews have suspended the search for survivors after a small plane crashed near Emerald Isle Monday night, according to a news release.

The Cessna is believed to have crashed southeast of Bogue Inlet around 11 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a call from Air Traffic Control Cherry Point saying that a plane had dropped from their radar 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet. The Cessna reportedly had two persons aboard.

The Coast Guard has launched search crews, including:
• an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City
• a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City
• a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Emerald Isle
• Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal

Officials announced Tuesday around 9:15 p.m. that they had suspended the search. Crews had searched a combined total of 676.3 square miles over air, sea, and land.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector North Carolina command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 910-343-3880.

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