Coast Guard: 1 person rescued, 2 sought following small plane crash in Lake Pontchartrain

Crews continue search for plane wreckage, 2 missing passengers

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One person was rescued and the search is ongoing for two others after a small plane crashed in Lake Pontchartrain near the Lakefront Airport. The incident occurred Saturday night. The person rescued received medical care, but the condition of the individual is unknown at this time.

According to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson, a Good Samaritan first reported a Cessna airplane out for training crashed into the water just before 8:30 p.m.

Multiple crews involved in the search include:

-Coast Guard Station New Orleans 45-foot Response Boat- Medium crew
-Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew
-Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station New Orleans
-Members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
-Members of the New Orleans Fire Department
-Members of the New Orleans Police Department Dive Team

According to the NOFD, crews located the wreckage of the plane, around 4 p.m. Sunday. An NOFD spokesperson says that the wreckage was found 1,000 feet west of its intended runway. The process of removing the wreckage early Monday morning.

Crews continue to search for the wreckage and the two missing individuals.

We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.

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