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Oct 30, 2009 9:22 AM by Associated Press

Storms stall search for Navy plane off Texas coast

Stormy weather has forced the Coast Guard to suspend its search for two missing Navy pilots and their plane along the central Texas coast.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nayo Gallegos said crews stopped their search around 8 p.m. Thursday because of limited visibility. The search is expected to resume Friday morning.

Air Station Corpus Christi lost contact with the Navy T-34 training plane Wednesday afternoon.

The pilots' names haven't been released. The single-engine plane's last known location was near San Jose Island, east of Rockport and 2 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Coast Guard spokesman told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that crews have made nearly 20 flights and covered more than 3,900 square miles.

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