Search for 3 Aboard Navy Plane Ends in Tragedy

The Coast Guard has called off the search for three people after a Navy contractor's aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

On Wednesday, search and rescue teams discovered a debris field in the Pacific Ocean near San Clemente Island, after reports of a Navy contractor’s aircraft crashing with three people on board. The Navy contractor’s Learjet, owned by the U.S. Navy, went down about one mile southwest of the island in Los Angeles County.

Despite search efforts involving the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials announced on Thursday that the search for the three people on board had been suspended. A crew from Air Station San Diego launched aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist in the search and rescue operation. According to Drew Verbis, spokesperson for Naval Base Ventura County, the aircraft was departing from the Ventura County area.