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A plane crash reported in the Columbia River Monday morning was a false alarm, Coast Guard says

U.S. COAST GUARD PACIFIC NORTHWEST  - Wreckage from a March 2020 crash remains more than a year later.The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a downed aircraft along the Columbia River on Monday morning, but determined the emergency report was a false alarm.

A Coast Guard spokesperson said a good Samaritan spotted the wreckage on Monday morning around 8 a.m. and alerted first responders, "as they should."

The person who reported the crash didn't realize that the plane wreckage was actually from a 2020 incident but hadn't been removed.

The wreckage, near Kalama, Washington, and Sandy Island in the Columbia River, was from a March 2020 crash.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and a U.S. Coast Guard Station Portland Official 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew were among those who responded to the report.

"It was good training for our response — they got out there quickly," the Coast Guard spokesperson said.

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