A small plane that was meant to land in Florida, crossed over into Cuban airspace before eventually crashing off the coast of Jamaica. Now the pilot and passenger have been indentified as Larry and Jane Glazer, a couple who had been married for 45 years.
Larry and Jane Glazer were supposed to land in Naples, Fl., Sept. 5, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. The couple took off from Rochester, NY., earlier that morning, with Larry behind the controls. But for some reason Larry stopped responding to calls from air traffic control and once he passed his destination, two fighter pilots raced after them to see what was wrong. It was then that the pilots noticed that Larry was slumped over his controls.
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It’s thought that they suffered from oxygen deprivation, also known as cerebral hypoxia. This is when there is a loss of cabin pressure and a “deprivation” of oxygen. But when the pilots finally got alongside the couple in their small SOCATA TBM 700 plane, they noticed that Larry was still breathing. But since the plane was in Cuban airspace, they had to stop tailing them.
“I can see his chest rising and falling,” one of the pilots said. “Right before I left … we could see that he was actually breathing.”
The pilots also noticed that the plane had “frosted windows” which is also an indication of a loss in cabin pressure.
Larry was a real estate mogul and Jane was an entrepreneur. They had actually met in 1964, when they were both camp counselors.
Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott released this statement: “The City of Rochester has lost two heroes. It is difficult to put into words how much Larry Glazer has meant to our community. Larry worked hard to return a sense of vitality and excitement to our Center City. His efforts helped to lift our spirits and restore our sense of optimism. He has been a treasured friend and partner.”
Mysterious Plane Traveling Into Cuban Airspace
We told you that North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) were immediately alarmed when they noticed the plane became unresponsive.
BREAKING: Jamaican officials say unresponsive US plane has crashed on the island.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 5, 2014
Before the plane crashed, NORAD said: “F-15 pilots tracking the unresponsive plane could see, before the small plane’s windows frosted, a pilot slumped over.”
Our thoughts go out to the Glazer’s family and friends.
— Chloe Melas