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Pilot Looses Consciousness Crashes Into Atlantic Ocean

August 31, 2014 - On Saturday, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) sent up two Air Force F16s fighter jets as a result of Cirrus SR20 aircraft loosing radio contact with the FAA and flying into restricted airspace over the nation's capital.

Upon intercept of the SR20, the fighter pilots noticed the pilot was unconsciousness in the cockpit. A spokeswoman for NORAD said the F-16 pilots saw the Cirrus pilot slumped over but could not rouse him.

The single-engine airplane (tail number N930RH) had departed Waukesha County Airport, Wisconsin at about 9:43 AM local time for Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia, the pilot was sole occupant onboard. 

The aircraft was to land at about 1 PM, but when it flew past the airport and the FAA was unable to make contact with the pilot authorities became concerned. At 13,000 feet, the F16 pilots followed the Cirrus SR20 aircraft for more than 120 miles. 

At about gas about 2:20 PM the aircraft ran out of gas and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The Coast Guard sent up a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules airplane out of Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Beluga out of Virginia Beach.

The Coast Guard suspended its search at 11:30 AM Sunday. A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew searched until sunset Saturday and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Beluga searched through the night until Sunday morning for wreckage or any sign of the pilot aboard the downed aircraft.  

A good Samaritan fisherman in the vicinity of the crash recovered a wheel and an engine cowling thought to belong to the crashed plane and turned it over to the crew of Cutter Beluga. Both items are scheduled to be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.



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