UPDATE: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean after taking off in Waukesha
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Coast Guard crews are searching the waters off the Virginia coast for a single-engine plane that crashed after the pilot lost consciousness.
The Coast Guard says the plane had drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital this afternoon, scrambling two Air Force fighter jets that stayed with the single-engine Cirrus plane until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the plane took off from Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia, which is about 30 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
The plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson, of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Relatives reached at a phone listing for him didn't want to comment.
A Coast Guard helicopter found no sign of the plane before heading back for refueling. A C130 airplane based out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and an 87-foot cutter from Virginia Beach are also responding.
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.
Littlejohn says the Coast Guard in Portsmouth was notified about 2:40 p.m. that the plane failed to land in Manassas, Virginia, and continued into restricted air space in Washington, D.C.
Two Air Force jets confirmed the pilot was unconscious and stayed with the plane until it eventually ran out of fuel and crashed.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the plane was heading from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Manassas.