Search canceled after plane crash report off Long Beach Island found nothing
The search for a reported plane crash off the coast of Long Beach Island on Thursday was called off with nothing found, officials said.
The plane, originally described as a small glider, reportedly crashed into the ocean around 11:30 a.m., an official from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office told NJ Advance Media.
Only one 911 call arrived around 11:30 a.m., Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy told NJ Advance Media. The caller said a paraglider fell into the water about half a mile offshore, Mastronardy said.
The 911 call seemed genuine and the caller provided his name and contact details, Mastronardy said.
Video from the scene shows boats and helicopters searching a large area offshore for approximately 90 minutes. New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopters were among those involved in the search.
Marie Lazore, who was sitting on the beach near the search area, said members of the beach patrol asked bathers if they had seen a kite or a red kite, but that she did not ‘had seen neither.
New Jersey State Police officials confirmed they were assisting with the recovery of a plane off the coast of Long Beach Island, but no further information was immediately available.
“We received a report of a plane crash off Long Beach Island,” the Coast Guard said in a previous tweet. “The Coast Guard hijacked a helicopter from Atlantic City Air Force Base and crews from Atlantic City Station and Barnegat Light Station.”
Weather conditions at the time of the incident were calm, with no storms or major wind gusts reported in the New Jersey area.
“Usually throughout the area it’s bright and sunny,” said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s regional forecasting office in New Jersey. “The winds were from the northwest or west-northwest, ranging from five to 15 miles an hour. We saw gusts of up to 20 mph throughout the morning. “
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