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Search underway for plane missing off SC coast after ‘in-flight emergency,’ Coast Guard says

This file photo shows a vessel from the U.S. Coast Guard, which is participating in the search for a missing plane along the South Carolina coast.
This file photo shows a vessel from the U.S. Coast Guard, which is participating in the search for a missing plane along the South Carolina coast. U.S. Coast Guard

A search is underway along the South Carolina coast for a missing plane.

The FAA reported that officials are looking for the plane, a Piper PA-31, “about 100 miles south-southeast of Charleston.”

The U.S. Coast Guard reported it has vessels in the air and on the water participating in the search, with assistance from the U.S. Navy.

The aircraft has been missing since it took off at Robert F. Swinnie Airport in Andrews, according to WCSC. The airport is located in Georgetown County, about an hour away from Myrtle Beach.

The plane’s final destination was the Bahamas, per the Coast Guard.

The plane reported “an in-flight emergency,” to the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center, which lost contact with the civilian aircraft, according to the Coast Guard.

There is no word on how many people were on board the plane, or their status.

According to the FAA, it will not “confirm the aircraft registration or ownership until it is located,” WCIV reported.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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