A Piper PA-31T propeller plane has disappeared from the radar east of South Carolina’s coastline, the FAA confirms.
The aircraft took off from Robert F. Swinnie Airport (ADR), in Andrews, South Carolina and was flying south-eastward over the Atlantic to an airport in the Bahamas, when it vanished from radars about 110 miles east of Charleston, SC. Before disappearing, the Piper declared an in-flight emergency.
It was built in 1976 as an eight-seater and is currently registered as N555PM.
FAA Statement: Officials are searching for a missing #Piper PA-31 #aircraft about 100 miles southeast of #Charleston, SC. Check with @USCGSoutheast for more information.
— The FAA (@FAANews) October 25, 2018
A search and rescue operation is underway, using multiple aircraft and vessels, according to the US coast guard.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.