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Divers Look For Light Plane Which Crashed In Ocean Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo by Mike Eliason)
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Search teams prepare to look for a plane which went down off the coast of Santa Barbara County Sunday

Search efforts continued Monday for the wreckage of a light plane which crashed in the ocean off of the South Coast.  A single engine Cessna 182 went down moments after takeoff from Santa Barbara Airport Sunday morning.

The aircraft crashed about two miles off the coast of Isla Vista.  An air and boat search was launched immediately. An oil slick and some debris were found in the water about 90 minutes after the crash.

It’s believed the pilot was the only person on board the plane.  The Coast Guard suspended search efforts Monday morning, with efforts now focused on recovery of the pilot’s body as well as wreckage of the plane.

The water is the area is nearly 200 feet deep.  Dive teams from both the Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Offices are involved in recovery efforts.