miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2018


El AW169 de la imagen no es el involucrado en Leicester, tenemos un vídeo del mismo pero no lo vamos a utilizar por causas obvias.
Leonardo está muy impactada por el incidente que involucró a un helicóptero AW169 en Leicester City Football Club. 

"Deseamos ofrecer nuestras más sinceras condolencias a la familia y amigos de los involucrados".

La División de Helicópteros de Leonardo prestará su total apoyo al AAIB en las investigaciones para determinar la causa de este accidente, el primero que involucra a un helicóptero AW169.

El helicóptero de peso intermedio AW169 de 4.6/4.8 toneladas se ha diseñado para satisfacer la creciente demanda del mercado de una aeronave capaz de ofrecer un magnífico rendimiento, cumplir con los últimos estándares de seguridad y capacidad de multimisión. Más de 60 AW169 se han entregado a clientes en Europa, Medio Oriente, Asia, Australia y América del Sur y más de 200 helicópteros vendidos hasta la fecha a más de 70 clientes en casi 30 países de todo el mundo para diversas aplicaciones como orden público, EMS, Oil & Gas, SAR, transporte de pasajeros, servicios públicos y soporte.

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 130 miles off Galveston, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman from a fishing vessel approximately130 miles south of Galveston Tuesday afternoon.

Eighth District watschstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon signal and Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders overheard multiple maydays from the 70-foot shrimping vessel Plata Cruz reporting that one of its crewmembers was suffering from severe stomach pains. A second fishing vessel arrived on scene to help relay communications to watchstanders.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin aircrew was launched and transported the man to Scholes International Airport where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

The man was transported to University of Texas Medical Branch.


martes, 30 de octubre de 2018

US Misawa Air Base Pilots in Japan Join Live RED FLAG Alaska Mission from Virtual Cockpits

BALTIMORE – Oct. 30, 2018 – For the first time, U.S. Air Force crew members from Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, participated in two live RED FLAG Alaska missions from virtual cockpits at the Misawa Mission Training Center. These training events demonstrate how Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is leading the advancement of Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) technologies with its LVC Experimentation, Integration, and Operations Suite (LEXIOS).

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis down the runway during exercise RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

“Our LVC solution highlights the value of Northrop Grumman to our U.S. and international customers and is tremendous for military training transformation,” said Martin Amen, director, secure network operations, Northrop Grumman. “We are at the leading edge of combining tactical simulator training with a live tactical event. When we started, LVC was seen as an adjunct capability. However, today LVC is an integrated depended-upon training element.”
The Misawa pilots took part in the Aug. 11-24 and Oct. 8-19 RED FLAG Alaska exercises. Northrop Grumman provided its LVC expertise in all four RED FLAG Alaska military training exercises. This represented the most comprehensive LVC offering to date and the team has now delivered advanced LVC content in more than 15 different large-scale exercises.
In this published article, Eielson Air Force Base described Northrop Grumman LVC training that took place at the most recent Northern Edge military training exercise.
Since 2015, the Pacific Air Forces LVC program has been implementing on-demand, LVC training capability for aircrews. Using LEXIOS and additional Northrop Grumman solutions, virtual cockpits, constructive (computer-generated) aircraft and weapons and live training exercises are integrated on the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) range.
“It’s an amazing feat to fuse JPARC with the virtual world via our engineering systems integration expertise. It showcases the broad capabilities of Northrop Grumman and enables our customers to expand and improve the training experience,” said David Royal, operations program manager, LVC operations, Northrop Grumman. “Our LVC expertise enhances the end-to-end operational training experience for the warfighter.”
As the integration and operations lead, Northrop Grumman has defined, developed and implemented an on-demand training architecture which integrates the existing global virtual and constructive training solutions such as the Combat Air Forces Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON) and Mobile Air Forces Distributed Training Center Network to enhance live and synthetic aircrew training. This integrated solution provides a battle space where LVC platforms can seamlessly communicate, interact and train with one another.
Northrop Grumman’s LVC operations team leads the scheduling, mission planning and execution of all virtual sites and computer-generated assets, while managing event security and augmenting the battle space with role-playing platforms such as the E-8C JSTARS, RC-135 RIVET JOINT, and F-16CM when neither live aircraft or virtual sites are available for a specific event. Some of the sites involved included Misawa Air Base and Robins, Langley, Ellsworth, Orlando, Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases.
According to Royal, the exercise participants get a better training experience when the synthetic elements are added to their live training, giving them access to all the operational tools they would have in a combat situation. “Northrop Grumman’s LVC capabilities are specifically designed to fill gaps in live training by connecting simulators (via the DMON) that could not get to the live fly training events.”

Sikorsky Operator Marks Safe Flight Milestone With S-76® Helicopters

The past 16 Oct. Sikorsky recognized American Express’ corporate flight department for achieving 8,000 hours of safe flight with its fleet of S-76 helicopters.

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), recognized American Express’ corporate flight department for achieving 8,000 hours of safe flight with its fleet of S-76 helicopters. The event took place during the 2018 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition.
American Express established its corporate flight department 50 years ago, adding Sikorsky aircraft to its fleet in 1980. Since then, American Express has had a stellar safety record with no accidents or incidents with its Sikorsky helicopters.
“Since 1980, we have flown more than 8,000 hours of executive transportation using a reliable fleet of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters without incident or accident. We’re extremely proud of our safety record, and grateful for Sikorsky’s commitment to the safety and reliability of its products,” said American Express’ Vice President, Aviation, Richard Walsh.
 “American Express’ safe flight record is an example to the entire rotorcraft industry,” said Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for North America, Jeanette Eaton. “Sikorsky is extremely proud of our customer’s flight hour achievement and the diligence they exhibit in maintaining and operating their aircraft.”
Based at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, American Express has operated an S-76A™, two S-76B™ models and one S-76C+™helicopter as part of its fleet. 
Since 1977, Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76® helicopters to customers around the world. The S-76 series is well-known for high reliability with more than 130 aircraft performing corporate transportation missions world-wide and aircraft performing Head of State transportation missions for 10 nations. 

Air Medals presented to Coast Guardsmen at Sector Columbia River

Rear. Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, presents Lt. Kyle Murphy, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, with an Air Medal at an awards ceremony held in the sector's helicopter hangar in Warrenton, Ore., Oct. 29, 2018.

Murphy was one of five Sector Columbia River aviators to be presented with the Air Medal, joining distinguished aviation heroes including Buzz Aldrin, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, President George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District presents the Air Medal to Lt. Tripp Haas, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, during an awards ceremony held in Sector Columbia River's helicopter hangar, Oct. 29, 2018.

Haas was one of five Sector Columbia River aviators to receive the medal for heroic actions preformed in rescuing people effected by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

The Air Medal presented to Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Wilson, an aviation survival technician from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, rests on a table inside a helicopter hangar at the sector located in Warrenton, Ore., Oct. 29, 2018.

Wilson, a rescue swimmer, is credited with rescuing 30 people and assisting 59 others, including an evacuation of a 400-pound man from an upstairs bedroom and multiple rooftops rescues. 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Air Medals lay on a table in front of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River before being presented to Coast Guard aviators during an awards ceremony held in the sector's hangar, Oct. 29, 2018.

The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

lunes, 29 de octubre de 2018

U.S. Army Pilots Fly Autonomous Sikorsky Helicopter In First-Of-Its-Kind Demonstration

Technology developed with DARPA aids pilot decision-making and reduced crew

FORT EUSTIS, Va.Oct. 29, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Army pilots exercised supervised autonomy to direct an optionally-piloted helicopter (OPV) through a series of missions to demonstrate technology developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The series of flights marked the first time that non-Sikorsky pilots operated the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA), a modified S-76B commercial helicopter, as an OPV aircraft.
"Future vertical lift aircraft will require robust autonomous and optimally-piloted systems to complete missions and improve safety," said Chris Van Buiten, vice president, Sikorsky Innovations. "We could not be more thrilled to welcome Army aviators to the cockpit to experience first-hand the reliability of optimally-piloted technology developed by the innovative engineers at Sikorsky and DARPA. These aviators experienced the same technology that we are installing and testing on a Black Hawk that will take its first flight over the next several months."
SARA, which has more than 300 hours of autonomous flight, successfully demonstrated the advanced capabilities developed as part of the third phase of DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. The aircraft was operated at different times by pilots on board and pilots on the ground. Sikorsky's MATRIX™ Technology autonomous software and hardware, which is installed on SARA, executed various scenarios including:
  • Automated Take Off and Landing: The helicopter autonomously executed take-off, traveled to its destination, and autonomously landed
  • Obstacle Avoidance: The helicopter's LIDAR and cameras enabled it to detect and avoid unknown objects such as wires, towers and moving vehicles
  • Automatic Landing Zone Selection: The helicopter's LIDAR sensors determined a safe landing zone
  • Contour Flight: The helicopter flew low to the ground and behind trees
The recent Mission Software Flight Demonstration was a collaboration with the U.S. Army's Aviation Development Directorate, Sikorsky and DARPA. The Army and DARPA are working with Sikorsky to improve and expand ALIAS capabilities developed as a tailorable autonomy kit for installation in both fixed wing airplanes and helicopters.
View the video from the demonstration.
Over the next few months, Sikorsky will for the first time fly a Black Hawk equipped with ALIAS. The company is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to certify ALIAS/MATRIX technology so that it will be available on current and future commercial and military aircraft.
"We're demonstrating a certifiable autonomy solution that is going to drastically change the way pilots fly," said Mark Ward, Sikorsky Chief Pilot, Stratford, Conn. Flight Test Center. "We're confident that MATRIX Technology will allow pilots to focus on their missions. This technology will ultimately decrease instances of the number one cause of helicopter crashes: Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)."
Through the DARPA ALIAS program, Sikorsky is developing an OPV approach it describes as pilot directed autonomy that will give operators the confidence to fly aircraft safely, reliably and affordably in optimally piloted modes enabling flight with two, one or zero crew. The program will improve operator decision aiding for manned operations while also enabling both unmanned and reduced crew operations.

US Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman for USCYBERCOM Unified Platform

Unified Platform will enable a full spectrum of integrated cyber capabilities across domains for U.S. Cyber Command

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md. – Oct. 29, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force, acting as the acquisition authority, has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a contract valued at $54,626,116 to serve as Unified Platform systems coordinator for the USCYBERCOM Unified Platform program.

Unified Platform will enable a full spectrum of integrated cyber capabilities across domains for USCYBERCOM.

Unified Platform will support all defensive and offensive cyber operations, as well as cyber intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force.
"Northrop Grumman is proud to partner with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Cyber Command to deliver this critical mission capability in support of our nation’s Cyber Mission Force," said Linnie Haynesworth, sector vice president and general manager, cyber and intelligence mission solutions, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. "We look forward to delivering the integrated, shared capabilities that will give our cyber warfighters the edge in cyberspace and across all domains.”
As the Unified Platform systems coordinator, Northrop Grumman will integrate disparate cyberspace platforms, enabling integrated management and synchronized cyber operations to give U.S. forces rapid access to a full spectrum of cyber capabilities.
“Northrop Grumman is recognized for collaborative, innovative leadership in delivering transformative cyber solutions through a full range of challenged environments,” said Bobby Lentz, vice president, global cyber solutions business unit, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. “We look forward to continuing to work with U.S. Cyber Command to ensure our forces can maintain the tactical and technological advantage required to succeed in the evolving domain of cyber space.”
The Unified Platform contract was awarded competitively under the U.S. General Services Administration's Alliant Government-wide Acquisition Contract. Northrop Grumman will perform the work in San Antonio, Texas, as well as in locations in Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. 

domingo, 28 de octubre de 2018

Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard near Ambrose Channel, N.Y.

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG Atlantic City
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday at 12:15 p.m., for a man who fell overboard from a container ship near Ambrose Channel, New York, Saturday morning.

Coast Guard crews searched for over 24 hours and covered more than 460 square miles Saturday and into Sunday for the missing 35-year-old man who was reportedly wearing an orange jumpsuit.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Saturday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a mayday call from the container ship Northern Jaguar reporting that a crewmember had fallen overboard while arranging a pilot ladder in 15-foot seas, and 35mile per hour winds.
The search included:

-Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, an 87-foot cutter homeported in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

-An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey

-An HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts

-An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends involved in this case. The suspension of an active search and rescue case is a difficult decision to make,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. "Factors such as water temperature, weather conditions, and length of time the person has been missing, inform the decision.”

The search is suspended pending any further developments.
HC-144A Ocean Sentry ©USCG Cape Cod (archive)
MH-60 Jayhawk © USCG Cape Cod (archive)


Coast Guard suspends search for downed aircraft 110 miles east of Charleston

HC-130 Hercules ©USCG (archive)

CHARLERSTON, S.C. - The Coast Guard suspended their search Saturday evening for a downed civilian aircraft approximately 110 miles east of Charleston.

Coast Guard 7th District suspended the search after searching approximately 3,516 square miles for 76 hours.

"It is with a heavy heart that we suspend our search for the missing aircraft and its five passengers," said Capt. John Reed, Commander, Sector Charleston. "I have spoken with the family of those that were on this plane and extend my deepest sympathies to them and all those who have been hit by this tragic loss at sea."

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) notified Coast Guard 7th Districtwatchstanders Thursday of a civilian aircraft emergency at 11:33 a.m. The Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency, lost contact on radar and notified the AFRCC. The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was leaving from South Carolina to the Bahamas.

Involved in the search were:
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Delta Air Lines takes delivery of its first Airbus A220

Becomes first airline in North America to receive A220
Airbus today welcomed Delta Air Lines as the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft.  On hand for the delivery ceremony at the aircraft’s assembly line in Mirabel were members of the A220 team as well as government officials and executives from Delta, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Quebec.
 “It is with great pride that we take delivery of our first, state-of-the-art A220-100,” said Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian. “We have big plans for our A220 fleet and are confident that Delta customers and Delta people alike will be delighted with the in-flight experience provided by this thoroughly modern and efficient aircraft. We value our longstanding partnerships with Airbus and Bombardier and are grateful for the great design and manufacturing work done by the team here in Mirabel.”
Delta’s A220 will enter service in early 2019, making Delta the fourth global airline to operate the aircraft previously known as the Bombardier C Series. The C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) welcomed Airbus as lead partner earlier this year, prompting the change of name to the Airbus A220.  Delta is the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.
Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus’ commercial aircraft business, said, “We at Airbus are dedicated to providing our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft – and the remarkable A220 certainly delivers. When a great airline like Delta puts a new aircraft into service as a platform for their outstanding passenger service, the entire industry takes note. The A220 team is gratified by the confidence that the Delta family has placed in this excellent, Canadian-born aircraft.”
The A220-100 delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.
With an order book of over 400 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.
As of the end of September, Delta was operating a fleet of 235 Airbus aircraft, including 182 A320 Family members, as well as 42 A330s and 11 A350 XWB, or eXtra Wide Body aircraft. The airline has more than 275 additional Airbus aircraft on order. Next year, Delta will become the first U.S. airline to operate the new Airbus A330neo.

Aegis Combat System Demonstrates Success During At-Sea Test Against Medium Range Ballistic Missile

USS JOHN FINNOct. 26, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- The latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System, Baseline 9.C2 (BMD5.1) successfully supported an MDA-led at-sea Ballistic Missile Defense System test event. During the test, the Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)-built Aegis Weapon System detected, tracked, engaged and launched a missile to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target.
The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile–45, demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats. This test demonstrated the new engagement assessment functionality, bi-directional missile communications and sensor improvement algorithms.
"This test authenticates the strengthening global security of the United States and its allies as we deepen the defense capabilities with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System," said Paul Klammer, director, Aegis BMD. "This exercise showed that Aegis is the most advanced combat system and the proven choice for a layered defense."
This test builds upon joint research investments by the United States and Japan and comes on the heels of a successful test with the JS ATAGO (DDG 177) in September. Lockheed Martin is developing a Baseline 9/BMD 5.1 variant computer program, for deployment on Japan's Aegis destroyers.
As a proven world leader in systems integration and development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, Lockheed Martin delivers high-quality missile defense solutions that protect citizens, critical assets and deployed forces from current and future threats. The company's experience spans missile design and production, hit-to-kill capabilities, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, radar and signal processing, as well as threat-representative targets for missile defense tests.

US Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $35.1 Million Contract for Next Generation Jammer–Low Band Demonstration of Existing Technologies

BALTIMORE – Oct. 25, 2018 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a $35.1 million, 20-month contract to demonstrate existing technologies for the low-band frequency jammer, the second increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program.

The U.S. Navy selected Northrop Grumman to demonstrate existing technologies for the Next Generation Jammer Low Band, which will fly on the EA-18G Growler to provide advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities. The NGJ system will give Growlers – including this aircraft assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 – the ability to defeat increasingly advanced and capable threats, making the carrier strike group more survivable. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bill M. Sanders/Released)

Northrop Grumman has been the Navy’s airborne electronic attack integrator for more than 50 years. In addition to its work on NGJ Low Band (NGJ-LB), the company continues to support the fleet with advanced electronic attack capabilities.
The NGJ system will augment, and ultimately replace the EA-18G Growler aircraft’s aging ALQ-99 tactical jammer with advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities for defeating increasingly advanced and capable threats. Developed in three frequency-focused increments – high-band, mid-band and low-band – NGJ will be capable of jamming multiple radar signals at the same time, including surveillance and air-defense radars.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) selected Northrop Grumman for the NGJ-LB Demonstration of Existing Technology phase. The contract was awarded Oct. 25.
Northrop Grumman’s offer was selected based on technical merit and potential maturity for accomplishing the low-band mission. The company’s solution also provides rapid operational capability to the fleet.
“Northrop Grumman will deliver a mature, low-risk and exceedingly capable solution for Next Generation Jammer Low Band that outpaces evolving threats and enables the Navy’s speed-to-fleet path,” said Thomas Jones, vice president and general manager, airborne C4ISR systems, Northrop Grumman.
“Our NGJ-LB pod provides multi-mission capability for electromagnetic maneuver warfare. We stand ready to demonstrate advancements in this mission area and deliver ahead of schedule.”
Work primarily will be performed in Linthicum, Maryland, and Bethpage and Amityville, New York.

sábado, 27 de octubre de 2018

Astoria-based Coast Guardsman to receive Air Medals for Hurricane Harvey rescues

ASTORIA, Ore. — Astoria-based Coast Guardsmen are scheduled to receive awards, Monday, for heroic rescues performed in the greater-Houston area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

Among the many awards to be handed out are five Air Medals, which is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Rear Adm. David Throop, commander Coast Guard 13th District will be presenting the awards.

Examples of Sector Columbia River personnel’s actions include a rescue swimmer who is credited with rescuing 30 people and assisting 59 others, including an evacuation of a 400-pound man from an upstairs bedroom and multiple rooftops rescues. Another example is of a pilot who is credited with the rescue of 25 people, of those, eight where time-critical evacuations.
During their response to Hurricane Harvey, Coast Guard men and women rescued 11,022 people and 1,384 pets.

Involved in the Coast Guard response were:
• 2,060 active duty, Reserve, civil servant and Auxiliary personnel from as far away as Guam, Alaska and Hawaii
• 50 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft
• 75 shallow-water boats
• 29 cutters

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane, it became the country’s first Category 3 or higher-hurricane since Wilma hit Florida in October 2005. The Hurricane caused approximately $125 billion in damage, ranking it the second-most costly hurricane to hit U.S. mainland since 1900.

Previous Air Medal recipients include: Buzz Aldrin, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, President George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain.

Sector Columbia River.


Coast Guard continues to search for downed aircraft 110 miles east of Charleston

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter takes off from the deck of the Cutter Hamilton to continue searching for a downed civilian aircraft Oct. 27, 2018, 110 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was en route to the Bahamas from South Carolina on when they declared an in-flight emergency and were lost on radar. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is continuing to search Saturday for a downed aircraft approximately 110 miles east of Charleston.

Coast Guard crews have searched approximately 3,000 square miles.The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) notified Coast Guard 7th Districtwatchstanders Thursday of a civilian aircraft emergency at 11:33 a.m. 
The Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center received a report from the aircraft of an in-flight emergency, lost contact on radar and notified the AFRCC. The aircraft, a Piper PA-31, was leaving from South Carolina to the Bahamas.

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