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Coast Guard stops search for Gulf plane, IDs pilotCoast Guard suspends search for plane that flew without responding over Gulf, names pilot
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' The Coast Guard has confirmed that Dr. Peter Hertzak, a physician from suburban New Orleans, was the pilot of a Cessna plane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday after flying in circles for hours.
The agency said Friday it has suspended the search for the plane and missing pilot.
The plane was headed from Slidell, La., to Sarasota, Fla., when controllers lost contact with it Thursday morning. Two F-15 fighter jets flew alongside and monitored the plane for hours, unable to contact the pilot, before it crashed into the Gulf about 120 miles west of Tampa, Fla.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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