New York Air National Guard Suspends Search for MQ-9 Debris Along Lake Ontario Shoreline

SYRACUSE , NY – The 174th Attack Wing has suspended the ground search for debris from the New York Air National Guard which crashed into Lake Ontario on Nov. 12 during a routine training mission.

Members of the wing have been searching the shore of Lake Ontario to locate debris which washed ashore.

The 174th Attack Wing is asking that if members of the public find any aircraft debris that they call the wing’s Emergency Operations Center at 315-233-2257 or 2258.

The MQ-9 aircraft debris does not contain hazardous materials but any material found should be handled with caution.

U.S. Navy experts, assigned to an area search platoon from the Fleet Forces Command based in Virginia, arrived at the Oswego Coast Guard Station on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to prepare for search and recovery efforts that may use Navy salvage divers to retrieve the MQ-9 wreckage.

The Air Force Accident Investigation Board (AIB) continues to investigate the mishap.

The 174th Attack Wing is home to an Air Force formal training site for MQ-9 pilots, sensor operators and maintainers.