Search underway for downed aircraft off Victoria

Search underway for downed aircraft off Victoria
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Military and coast guard personnel scoured the waters off Victoria, B.C. Tuesday evening for a downed aircraft with one person on board.

The United States Coast Guard was leading the search operation after Washington state air traffic controllers received a mayday call before 5 p.m. from a Cessna 170 airplane over the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

One man was reportedly on board the plane when the distress call went out. The flight was making its descent from Ketchikan, Alaska, according to U.S. Coast Guard petty officer Steve Strohmaier.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the small plane is believed to have gone down on the American side of the border, northeast of Port Angeles, Wash.

Two U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats and one rescue…

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