Jacksonville, Fl.  –  Search efforts are underway in Marineland where a plane is believed to have gone down near the St. Johns/Flagler County line.

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting with a helicopter search of Pellicer Creek, according to Petty Officer Anthony Soto.  The helicopter is from the Clearwater area.

“We believe that there were two persons on board the aircraft so we are searching for survivors right now”, said Soto.

The FAA says it lost radar contact with a Piper PA44 aircraft approximately 22 miles north of Ormond Beach at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

A witness reported seeing an aircraft go down in the area.  The aircraft took off from Brunswick, GA and was heading to Ormond Beach.

Authorities say they have not found a plane, but there is debris in the area that may be related to this incident.

“We are currently in a search and rescue mission of this particular aircraft”, said Flagler County Chief Mark Stonebridge.

“We do have a confirmation from a local witness that they saw an aircraft flying low with an engine sputtering.  What we’re trying to do is get out there and look for anybody that may be injured”, Stonebridge said.

This is a developing story, refresh throughout the morning for updates.

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