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Search and rescue crews have found wreckage near where a U.S. Navy contractor’s aircraft with three people aboard crashed Wednesday morning off San Clemente Island, according to officials.

Crews found a debris field a mile southwest of the Navy-owned island, near where a Phoenix Learjet plunged into the Pacific Ocean at about 7:55 a.m., according to Levi Read, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson. Coast Guard officials arrived at the scene at about 8:55 a.m.

“That is the last known location of the aircraft that we had suspected crashed,” Read said. “We are in an active search situation at this point for the three people on board.”

Status:   Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:   Wednesday 10 May 2023
Time:   c. 07:50
Type:   Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 36A
Operator:   Phoenix Air
Registration:   N56PA
MSN:   36-023
First flight:   1976
Engines:   2 Garrett TFE731
Crew:   Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:   Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:   Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage:   Destroyed
Aircraft fate:   Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:   SW off San Clemente Island, CA (   United States of America)
Phase:   En route (ENR)
Nature:   Military
Departure airport:   Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD), United States of America
Destination airport:   Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD), United States of America
A Phoenix Air Group Learjet 36A, N56PA "FENIX01", was destroyed when it crashed into the sea about a mile southwest of San Clemente Island, off San Diego, California.
The three occupants perished.