Published On: Fri, Sep 5th, 2014

Unresponsive US plane crashes off coast of Jamaica

296367_630x354WASHINGTON -A private plane that was unresponsive over the Atlantic Ocean crashed off the coast of Jamaica today. According to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the single-engine, turboprop aircraft was flying from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, when the occupants failed to respond to attempts to communicate. The Socata TBM700 took off at 8:45 a.m. ET from the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York. Officials say they were last able to contact the pilot at 10 a.m. ET. Two fighter jets were scrambled about an hour and a half later and followed the plane until it reached Cuban airspace. Officials said the plane crashed in the ocean 14 miles off the coast of Port Antonio around 2:15 p.m. ET. Some experts have indicated that this may be a case where the aircraft depressurized and the pilots lost consciousness.

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