The US Coast Guard is searching for a stolen single-engine airplane they believe has crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
GULF SHORES, Alabama - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a stolen single-engine airplane they believe crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
The airplane took off this morning from Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, according to Lt. Bill Cowan of the Gulf Shores Police Department.
The pilot, whose name has not been released, flew over south Baldwin and Mobile Counties before heading south over the Gulf.
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration confirms the pilot was not authorized to fly the plane.
Crews are searching an area 100 miles south of Pascagoula and 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana.
The Piper PA-28 Cherokee with the tailnumber N4533R is registered to Gulf Air Charter, Inc., which is based at Jack Edwards.