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Coast Guard searches for small plane after report of crash off Boynton Beach Inlet

Plane flying from Lantana to Merritt Island Airport
Boynton Beach police assist in small plane crash search
Posted at 10:13 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 08:20:01-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a small plane that apparently crashed in the ocean off the South Florida coast.

Petty Officer Jose Hernandez said the Piper PA-28 Cherokee was reported to have crashed about a mile off the Boynton Beach Inlet about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport in Lantana to Merritt Island Airport.

A Coast Guard helicopter, cutter and small boat were searching the water for the wreckage or any survivors.

Boynton Beach police and fire-rescue crews were assisting in the search.

Hernandez said the Coast Guard would continue to search throughout the night.