Search for missing plane continues near Brookings

0705 plane searchBrookings, Ore. — Search and rescue crews have found a shirt they believe belongs to the pilot of the plane that crashed in the ocean near Brookings.

NBC5’s Art Barron was out on the water with crews Saturday. They found oil spots, and sonar picked up underwater anomalies.

Sheriff John Ward says when they dropped anchor, they snagged the shirt. Based on its characteristics, they think it belongs to John Belnap, who was flying the plane. Also on board the plane was his son Max and friend Ryan Merker.

The plane was heading from Grants Pass to Brookings when it went missing last Monday.

Search crews are waiting for more sophisticated sonar scan equipment to arrive, which they hope will help pin point the wreckage so the victim’s bodies can be recovered.

Family members held a memorial service Monday morning in Grants Pass for John and Max Belnap at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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