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Search Teams Locate Crash Site Of Light Plane Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)
Search teams off the Santa Barbara County coastline look for a downed light plane which had just taken off from Santa Barbara Airport

Search teams have located the crash site of a light plane which crashed into the ocean off the Santa Barbara County coastline.  The single engine plane went down just after takeoff from Santa Barbara Airport Sunday morning.

The Cessna 182 took off just after 7 a.m., going down about two miles off the coast.  U.S. Coast Guard and Santa Barbara County helicopters launched an airborne search. 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department watercraft, a Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol boat, and a Coast Guard cutter were among the vessels which joined in the search.

About 90 minutes into the search, an oil slick and some debris were found about two miles off the coast of Isla Vista.  The search became a recovery effort. 

The Coast Guard took over command of the effort.  A specially equipped dive team which had helped with recovery efforts from the 2019 "Conception" boat fire in the Channel Islands has joined the operation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.