Water search, rescue units put to test after report of possible downed plane

UPDATE: Sightseeing plane still flying after dip in altitude mistaken as falling

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:00am

ROCKPORT — Search and rescue units including the Coast Guard, Rockport and Camden fire departments and the harbor masters of those towns were briefly called into action Wednesday morning, Oct. 9.

Knox County Communications Center received a report of a possible downed plane sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m, sending agencies and Good Samaritans into vessels, as well as to the shoreline stretch between Curtis Island and Camden Harbor, on the west side of Penobscot Bay.

The plane was reported to have lost significant altitude as it traveled north over the water. However, interviews with other witnesses on Penobscot Bay revealed that the plane had only briefly lost altitude before ascending higher and continuing on. 

Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley reported that the plane flew on without incident.

“It was flying too low,” he said.

The plane was apparently on a sight-seeing flight.

More details will be added as they become available.