Search for downed plane turns up empty in Ventura County

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Rescue crews said they could not locate a plane after responding to reports of an aircraft crashing into the ocean off the coast of Mussel Shoals Beach in Ventura County Friday.

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As part of a large search effort, the U.S. Coast Guard deployed multiple vessels, including five boats, two jet skis, and two airplanes. Authorities interviewed people on the beach trying to verify the report but said they were unable to find any debris or pollution related to a crash.

The Coast Guard and Ventura City Fire Department dispatched around 3:27 p.m., searching between Mussel Shoals and Mondo's beaches near the 3600 block of California Route 1.

All crews left the area after more than an hour of searing, according to the Ventura County firefighters' spokesperson.

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