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Coast Guard suspends search for downed plane in Lake Pontchartrain

The search for a missing plane continues Thursday morning through rough conditions The search for a missing plane continues Thursday morning through rough conditions
Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune
A Coast Guard search that continued through rough conditions was suspended Thursday after a search team failed to find a plane that went down in Lake Pontchartrain Wednesday night.

Two people were on board. Friends have identified the pilot as Burt Lattimore of Chalmette. Lattimore had been a pilot for more than 25 years, according to Brayton Matthews, the general manager of Flightline. The student has been identified by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune as Aftab Rab of Mandeville.


Matthews said Lattimore was a flight instructor for Crescent City Helicopters and did some flight training for Blue Dot Aviation, which was the company he was working for Wednesday night during an instructor-student flight. The plane, a 172 Cessna, departed out of air services company Flightline at the Lakefront Airport and went down just after 8:30 p.m.

Causeway Police said airport officials asked them to review their radar to help pinpoint an exact location. The Coast Guard said the plane was last seen on radar one mile northeast of the airport.

According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Washington, search crews found some debris, but they don't know if it's related to the missing plane. The debris was found about 1.5 miles northeast of the Lakefront Airport.

The Coast Guard worked with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the Houston air traffic control center and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to find the pilot and passenger.

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