Plane wreckage found off Oceano coast

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Members of the Sheriff's Office's dive team search Friday, Jan. 17, for the plane that crashed off the coast of Oceano.


Searchers with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office have located wreckage believed to be from a small single-engine plane that crashed about one mile off the coast of Oceano in January.

On Sunday, divers with the sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team located a wing, the fuselage, and other parts of the plane, which remain underwater. In addition, they were able to physically recover a carburetor, and part of the manifold from the water.

The debris was found near the area searchers began combing immediately after the Jan. 14 crash.

No human remains were found Sunday, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

The Sheriff’s Office previously said the single-engine, two-seat Morrisey 2150 was occupied by pilot David Brian Casey, 63, of Friday Harbor, Wash., and passenger Alan George Gaynor, 52, of Los Angeles. Both are presumed dead.

The Sheriff’s Office is now working with the National Transportation Safety Board to recover what remains of the wreckage.

Hundreds of hours have been spent searching for the plane, Cipolla said. Emergency personnel responded to the ramp off Pier Avenue in Oceano on Jan. 14 after witnesses reported hearing what sounded like a plane exploding and one person observed what was described as a splash in the water.

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