Small plane crashes in Atlantic Ocean

Small plane crashes in Atlantic Ocean

A small aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast on Saturday after the pilot reportedly lost consciousness while operating the aircraft.

According to the Coast Guard, the plane crashed about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn said that the crew members are looking for the aircraft in the area. He also said that the Coast Guard in Portsmouth was informed about the accident at 2:40 p.m.

The received a report stating that single-engine Cirrus failed to land in Manassas, Virginia and flew in restricted air space in Washington, D.C. Two pilots of Air Force F16 jets said that the pilot was unconscious and he stayed with the plane until it used up all its fuel and crashed into the sea.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson confirmed that the aircraft was flying from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Manassas. Reports also said that no one else was aboard the plane. A rescue helicopter of the Coast Guard was unable to spot the plane and had to return for refuelling. A C130 airplane based out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and an 87-foot cutter from Virginia Beach were also involved in the search mission.

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