CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.
Littlejohn says the Coast Guard in Portsmouth was notified about 2:40 p.m. that the plane failed to land in Manassas, Virginia, and continued into restricted air space in Washington, D.C.
Two Air Force jets confirmed the pilot was unconscious and stayed with the plane until it eventually ran out of fuel and crashed.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the plane was heading from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Manassas.
Littlejohn says no one else was aboard the plane.