Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for 2 people after a reported helicopter crash in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for two people from a reported downed helicopter in the vicinity of the Albemarle Sound, Tuesday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center were notified by a concerned friend that they had lost all communication with the two people aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter at 6:40 p.m., Monday.
The two men departed from Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport and planned to land at the Dare County Regional Airport the same evening.
At 10:46 a.m.,Tuesday, a good Samaritan recovered a backpack with personal belongings inside approximately 3.5 miles south of the mouth of the Alligator River.
At 11:27 a.m., the Jayhawk aircrew discovered helicopter debris in the water approximately 9 miles north of the Alligator River Bridge in the Albemarle Sound.
- A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
- An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
- A 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City
- A N.C. Marine Patrol boatcrew
- N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
- Tyrell County Sheriff’s Department
*WORKING TO VERIFY* The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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