Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Father, Son At Sea After Small Plane Goes Down Off Florida Coast

By  //  December 24, 2018

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(FOX NEWS) – A search for a small plane carrying a father and son from New Jersey was suspended Sunday, three days after the aircraft crashed off the Florida coast during a return trip from their Disney vacation, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that a search operation off Jacksonville was called off after aircraft and two Coast Guard cutters searched 1,400 square miles for 56 hours.

“The suspension of an active search and rescue case is never an easy decision to make,” Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th district, said in a statement. “We always want the best case scenario to happen and will continue to monitor for new information that could aid responders.”

The Piper PA-46 Malibu was en route from Orlando to New Jersey when it crashed about 18 miles off the coast of Jacksonville on Thursday shortly after 9 a.m.

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