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Civil Air Patrol conducted aerial search mission after Hurricane Dorian hit U.S.

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 9/10/19

Three Civil Air Patrol planes took off with grid patterns in hand and performed a uniform search to identify possible rescue situations on Friday after Hurricane Dorian moved up the South Carolina coast.

The search grids for these aircrews …

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Civil Air Patrol conducted aerial search mission after Hurricane Dorian hit U.S.

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Three Civil Air Patrol planes took off with grid patterns in hand and performed a uniform search to identify possible rescue situations on Friday after Hurricane Dorian moved up the South Carolina coast.

The search grids for these aircrews stretched from the South Carolina-North Carolina border to the Georgia-South Carolina border.

Aircrews took note of flooding, damage to homes and impassible roadways during the search mission.

While the three planes took flight, more than 50 cadets and senior members reported for their first day of service at the Mission Base, operated in the South Carolina Wing headquarters near the Columbia airport.

They supported the pilots in the air by operating a state-wide communications network that was used to upload the thousands of photographs that were taken throughout the response.

Although Dorian didn't affect the state as badly as expected, the Civil Air Patrol and South Carolina Wing were ready to start their missions and serve the citizens of South Carolina, as well as neighboring states that may have been affected by the hurricane.