Guam – The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing its search for 3 men aboard a Cessna airplane forced to ditch off the coast of Palau after running out of fuel, Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Guam was notified by authorities in Palau Sunday night, that communications were lost with the airplane as it was returning to Palau.
The Cessna pilot reported that the airplane was low on fuel and the crew experienced difficulties with their navigation equipment and were unable to pinpoint their exact location.
The last transmission received from the pilot reported they had run out of fuel and he was attempting a controlled descent.
Since Monday, more than 8,200 square miles of ocean have been searched for the missing crew, an area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey.
For Thursday, Coast Guard Sector Guam will continue to assist Palau and support locally led search efforts.