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Search suspended for missing aircraft in Strait of Juan de Fuca

Last Updated Jan 27, 2021 at 7:51 pm PST

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Summary

The search for a pilot whose aircraft likely went down in the Strait of the Juan de Fuca Tuesday has been suspended

An American pilot was the only person on the flight and issued a mayday before disappearing

More than 1170 square miles were covered in the search

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A joint search involving Canadian and U.S. crews in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for an American aircraft that disappeared has been suspended as of Wednesday afternoon.

Canadian Coast Guard boats and aircraft were searching for the Cessna 170, which issued a mayday around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The flight itself originated out of Ketchikan, Alaska, and began running into unspecified problems near Port Angeles. That’s where the U.S. Coast Guard believes the aircraft may have gone down into the water.

A male pilot is believed to be the only person on board.

It’s not clear at this point what sort of problems the pilot may have encountered.

More than 1170 square miles were covered in the search.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.