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Authorities locate plane after it disappeared from radar in Dartmouth



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Officials have located a plane after it disappeared from radar on the South Coast Saturday morning.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., Dartmouth Police received numerous inquiries regarding a plane that dropped off of the radar in the area of Round Hill Beach in Dartmouth.

Information regarding the report was forwarded to police after the New Bedford Airport lost contact with the transponder of a small airplane.

Police were also advised that loss of contact with a transponder could be the result of any of the transponder was/is malfunctioning, the pilot turned it off, or the airplane crashed.

Out of an abundance of caution, assets were deployed to search the area where contact with the airplane was lost.

Thankfully, Dartmouth PD were eventually advised that the airplane safely landed in Plymouth, and that contact with the transponder was lost after the pilot dropped below turbulent weather in order to safely fly.

The pilot was confirmed to be safe after landing.

Chief Brian Levesque thanked all who assisted in the incident.

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