Coast Guard: Airplane Crashes Off SoCal coast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - An airplane crashed Friday off the
Southern California coast, and rescue boats have yet to find
survivors or bodies, the Coast Guard said.

A civilian vessel reported seeing the plane hit the water on
Friday afternoon about 25 miles off the coast, halfway between
Oceanside and San Clemente Island. Searchers found aluminum debris
and an oil slick, Coast Guard Lt. Josh Nelson said.

Three rescue boats will search for survivors through early
Saturday morning and a helicopter will be sent out after sunrise.

Federal Aviation Administration officials believe the plane took
off from San Diego's Montgomery Field - a popular site for small
aircraft - but were still trying to confirm, Nelson said. He said
there were no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.

It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard the
downed plane.

Oceanside is about 35 miles north of San Diego.

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