Coast Guard suspends search for downed plane off Cape Cod


ORLEANS, Mass. (WPRI) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it suspended its search Tuesday for a small plane that reportedly went down off the coast of Cape Cod.

Coast Guard crews searched in the area of Nauset Beach in Orleans for a total of 55 hours, covering more than 2,076 square miles with no sign of a missing pilot or aircraft.

The Coast Guard said watchstanders received a call around 10:30 p.m. Sunday that a white and beige Piper 28 aircraft was missing. The call came from a concerned friend who was waiting for the plane and its pilot to arrive at Chatham Airport.

The plane’s last transmitted transponder signal was at 6:49 p.m. while it was descending at 4,000 feet per minute, according to the Coast Guard. Only the pilot was on board at the time.

The Coast Guard said several search-and-rescue vessels were dispatched, along with a plane and a helicopter.

Anyone with new information regarding this case is urged to call Sector Southeastern New England at (508) 457-3211.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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