SEA RESCUE SUSPENDED: Coast Guard led massive recovery effort when a plane crashed into Atlantic near Cape May

CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard suspended their search for a missing pilot Wednesday evening, which began when a single-engine airplane was seen crashing into the water near Cape May Point, just before noon.

Coast Guard helicopter in search near Cape May for downed aircraft.

Crews across multiple agencies search for a pilot off Cape May Point, New Jersey, where the plane he was in was seen crashing into the ocean Wednesday, May 29, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Keegan.

The Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, Cape May Fire Department, Cape May Police, Beach Patrol and Sea Tow all contributed to search efforts on shore, air and sea. Boats and aircraft saturated the surface as divers from the fire department and state police searched below the surface.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders were notified of the incident shortly after the plane crashed and dispatched two boat crews from Station Cape May, a helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City and the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead.

The Federal Aviation Administration and New Jersey State Police will be investigating the cause of the incident.

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