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"A search was under way Thursday for a private plane that was reported missing after it dropped off the radar screen at the Nantucket Airport. The tower reportedly lost contact with the craft shortly before it landed at the airfield at 4:50 p.m. The aircraft is said to be a Beechcraft twin-engine, six-passenger private jet out of New York.
The pilot was the only person aboard, officials said.
The Coast Guard is using a cutter, helicopters and a Falcon jet in the search the waters around the island and land. Weather was misty at the time, but the airport was still operating under visual flight rules."



Sounds like a Premier.
 
Search Ends For Plane Missing Off Nantucket

Aircraft Piloted By New York Philanthropist


POSTED: 10:00 am EST December 2, 2005
UPDATED: 1:53 pm EST December 2, 2005

NANTUCKET, Mass. -- The Coast Guard called off the search on Friday for a plane piloted by a New York philanthropist that went missing off Nantucket.
George F. Baker III was believed to be the only person on board the plane Thursday afternoon when it disappeared from radar, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.
The Coast Guard searched through the night, but did not find any sign of Baker's plane. They suspended the search around 1:10 p.m. Friday, according to Coast Guard spokeswoman Kelly Newlin.

Baker, 66, is an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 18, said his wife, Sarah Baker, reached Thursday by The Associated Press at the family's Nantucket home.

Baker is the senior trustee for the George F. Baker Trust, established through the will of his grandfather in 1937. The trust gives charitable gifts to medical and educational organizations, according to Rocio Suarez, executive director of the trust. His great-grandfather, banker George F. Baker, donated money to build Harvard Business School.​
The twin-engine Beechcraft was flying at 200 feet and was about 2½ miles from Nantucket Memorial Airport when it disappeared from radar around 4:45 p.m., said Jim Peters, an FAA spokesman.
The plan was en route from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, Peters said. Baker filed a flight plan through the Islip Flight Service Station on Long Island, Peters said.
He said the pilot spoke to FAA air traffic controllers at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod shortly before the plane disappeared. The plane already had been cleared to land at Nantucket airport, and the pilot did not issue a distress signal.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and cutter to search for the plane. Newlin said there was no immediate sign of any wreckage in the water or on land, although police told the Coast Guard they saw a red light in the water near the airport's runway.
"We found no debris, no parts of the plane, nothing," she said Friday afternoon.







Sounds like they're going to have to do a sidescan sweep to find the plane.
 

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