A U.S. Coast Guard search for a downed plane off Nauset Beach in Orleans could not locate the plane or pilot on Sunday evening, and continues through Monday with additional rescuers ready to help. join the hunt, officials said.
The Coast Guard received an Air Force report around 10:30 p.m. Sunday from a plane with a person on board missing off the popular Outer Cape Beach, Coast Guard Petty Officer Noel Ryan said.
The plane, a single-engine Piper PA-28, was scheduled to land at Chatham Municipal Airport two hours earlier.
Coast Guard Chatham Station on Sunday evening launched a search in a 45-foot rescue boat, complete with Coast Guard Spencer and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry – a twin-engine aircraft – from Coast Guard Air Force Base on Cape Cod. They were joined by the local port captain and other local authorities.
Rescuers at Chatham station could not find the plane and returned home Sunday evening, Ryan said, while the Spencer and Ocean Sentry continued the search through the night.
Chatham station will resume its research on Monday, with additional help, Ryan said. Coast Guard Sanibel is expected to join the search within 10 hours.
Ryan said the Coast Guard is still trying to determine how much rescuers in the area are looking for.