Coast Guard crews from Hatteras Inlet, Elizabeth City among those responding to report of downed aircraft

Published 8:23 am Monday, February 14, 2022

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The Coast Guard and other first agencies responded Sunday night to a report of a downed aircraft approximately four miles east of Drum Inlet. 

“Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a report of a possible downed aircraft from an air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point informing that the aircraft was seen behaving erratically on radar and then disappeared from the radar screen,” stated a Coast Guard news release. 

Various responders are involved in the search, including Coast Guard Station Fort Macon Motor Lifeboat crew, a Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet Response Boat-Small boat crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City.

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The Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, local fire department and National Park Service beach crews are also assisting with response efforts.