Authorities search for missing plane near Ocean City; investigation ongoing
Authorities are investigating a plane crash, after troopers say the plane has not been spotted and they are not certain about the amount of passengers on the plane, in Ocean City
Maryland State Police says on Thursday, shortly after 10:00 AM, federal officials notified MSP Special Operations Division that an plane believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport on Wednesday night traveling to Ocean City. The plane apparently had not yet returned.
Troopers say it is unknown for certain how many people were on-board the plane and it was determined that the aircraft was not at the Ocean City Airport.
Authorities say they began a search of the area near the Ocean City Airport on Thursday morning. Crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol personnel reportedly found what is described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles for to Ocean City Airport.
According to law enforcement, rescue personnel are focusing their search on that area at this time. troopers say although the plane has not been located, Natural Resources Police officers in the water near the oil slick have recovered debris believed to be associated with an aircraft.
The MSP Underwater Recovery Unit is currently on the scene and authorities are being assisted by US Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police troopers and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.