Small plane on its way to Ascension Parish missing; search underway

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(NBC Local 33) (Fox 44) – The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search Thursday for a missing plane that never reached its destination.

The Coast Guard and Secretaria de Marina, the Mexican Navy, are searching for the pilot of a small aircraft that likely crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say Steven Schumacher from Missouri was piloting a small twin engine plan from his home state Wednesday afternoon, and was scheduled to land in Gonzales, Louisiana at around 8:30 p.m. that night.

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Schumacher’s family reported him missing to the New Orleans Coast Guard sector approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after he did not reach his destination.

His last known position was 380 nautical miles south of Louisiana and 300 nautical miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas. An online flight tracker’s last contact for the plane indicated it was about 50 feet above the water.

No other passengers were on board.

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