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Canadian crews, U.S. Coast Guard search for downed plane off B.C. after distress call

Canadian rescue crews are helping to search for a small plane off of the B.C. coast after United States officials received a mayday distress call.

The U.S. Coast Guard says in a tweet that crews are searching the waters between Victoria and Port Angeles, Wash., for a downed Cessna 170.

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It says one man was reported aboard the aircraft.

The coast guard says the flight originated from Ketchikan, Ala.

Lt.-Cmdr. Tony Wright of the Canadian Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the pilot described his location during the mayday call Tuesday afternoon.

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Wright says Canada is supporting the search with the Canadian Coast Guard’s Sir Wilfrid Laurier vessel and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft out of Comox, B.C.

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He says they are searching along with an American helicopter and vessels.

“We’re supporting the U.S. Coast Guard,” Wright said, adding he had no other information immediately available.