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Search underway for missing plane off Mississippi coast


PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -- The Coast Guard is searching off the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a single-engine plane that was reported missing with three people on board.

Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the plane lost radar contact soon after taking off from Gulfport about 12:30 p.m. Monday and was headed to South Carolina.

A search is taking place Tuesday in the Mississippi Sound. According to radar and cellphone signals, the plane's last known location was about 3.5 miles south of Pascagoula, over the water.

The general manager of a facility at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport says the plane had stopped there for fuel.

Peter Mastroianni runs the Million Air terminal, used by private, corporate and military planes. He tells The Associated Press that the private plane was not a tenant at the airport.

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