Plane crashes near Hobart yacht race competitors

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A yacht sailing in the Sydney to Hobart race witnessed a light plane crashing into the ocean and other boats later became involved in a search for the plane and its pilot and passenger.

The single-engine plane was filming the boats when it crashed on Monday evening, prompting a ”mayday, mayday … we’ve a plane in the water,” radio call from the yacht Mistraal as it rounded the Tasman Peninsula bound for the finish line.

Crew on board the boat saw the plane go down and its tail disappear beneath the waves.

Up to nine race yachts diverted to help search for the plane. Police said Tuesday an oil slick was found in the area but there was no sign of the aircraft or the two people aboard.

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