Rescuers Search for Missing Men After Gulf of Mexico Plane Crash

The Coast Guard is searching for two men whose plane lost radar contact with officials and may have crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown.

Authorities say 35-year-old Darien Peckham and 28-year-old Zachary Schlitt are missing. Their hometowns were not immediately known. The pair were headed from Tallahassee to Vandenberg Airport in Tampa when their single-engine, fixed-wing plane lost radar contact Sunday evening.

Along with boat crews from Coast Guard stations in Yankeetown and Sand Key, search crews aboard a Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules were flying over the water Monday in search of the men.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return a phone message.