BCSO: Search For Missing Aircraft Suspended Due To Inclement Weather, Visibility

By  //  August 27, 2015

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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Agent John “Casey” Smith has been identified as the Deputy that was shot on Thursday night.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has assumed the investigation into locating the missing aircraft.

UPDATE: AUGUST 27, 2015: 12 A.M.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has assumed the investigation into locating the missing aircraft.

According to Cpl. Dave Jacobs, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer and Media Relations Liaison, at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office was alerted by the Federal Aviation Administration at TICO Airport of a possible airplane in distress and loss of communication near the TICO Airport.

Members from the Titusville Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Kennedy Space Center Police and Coast Guard – along with Sheriff’s Office deputies, Aviation, and Marine Units – all responded to the last known area of location to search.

The last known location of the aircraft was approximately 1 mile northeast of the TICO Airport in the Indian River and approximately 400 yards off the shoreline.

“At this time the search effort for the missing pilot has been suspended due to the inclement weather, visibility and relatively large area of coverage,” said Cpl. Jacobs in a release.

“Investigators and search teams will return to the area and continue the search in the morning.

‘Prior to the suspension of the search this evening, debris was located that is consistent with material from the airplane. Sheriff’s Homicide agents are on scene and investigators with the FAA and NTSB are responding to assist in the investigation.”

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UPDATE: 7:43 P.M.

Brevard County Fire Rescue reports debris located in Indian River, but have not confirmed it’s the aircraft. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dive team is en route.

UPDATE: 6:56 P.M.

Brevard County Fire Rescue reports that agencies now in the search include  Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, the Titusville Police Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, KSC Security, Space Coast Regional Airport Fire/EM, Civil Air and EELs.

The aerial and ground search area for lost aircraft includes the Indian River and Banana River. The flight plan indicates that there was only the pilot on board.

BCFR reports that the lost flight originated from Orlando Executive Airport and attempted, but aborted, landing at Space Coast Regional before losing contact in severe weather.

ORIGINAL POST: 

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Units of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services report they are currently searching for a possible missing aircraft in a wooded area north of Space Coast Regional Airport.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission units are also assisting Titusville Fire with the search, which is in a wooded area.

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