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Coast Guard suspends search for missing small plane in waters near Port Angeles

The Coast Guard and Canadian rescue crews covered 1,170 square miles searching the waters northeast of Port Angeles for a downed Cessna 170 plane.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian rescue crews have suspended the search for a small plane that may have gone down in the waters northeast of Port Angeles on Tuesday.

The pilot was flying from Ketchikan, Alaska to Port Angeles in his Cessna 170A Tuesday evening.

A mayday call came in just before 5 p.m.

Before the plane went down, the pilot described land formations and ships in the area.

The Coast Guard built a search area based on the pilot's information; most of the area is around the waters north and northwest of Port Angeles and up to the international boundary line.

The Coast Guard announced at 4 p.m. Wednesday that search efforts had been suspended. Rescue crews covered an area of 1,170 square miles.