A small American plane, which was unresponsive, has crashed off Jamaica, after the U.S. military tried to communicate with the pilot and passengers on board.
The pilot of a small business aircraft was not responding to American fighter jets, before the plane crashed on the afternoon of September 5 off Jamaica. Before the crash on the island, U.S. military attempted to escort the plane over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight, which departed from Rochester, N.Y. this morning, was supposed to land in Naples, Florida around 2:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.
Unresponsive Plane Crashed In Jamaica
Jamaican officials confirm that a small U.S. plane has crashed on the island, after American fighter jets attempted to track the unresponsive aircraft, AP reports.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched an investigation for an unresponsive small U.S. aircraft, before it’s mysterious crash in the water off Jamaica, 14 miles north of Port Antonio on the northeast coast of the island, according to officials.
BREAKING: Jamaican officials say unresponsive US plane has crashed on the island.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 5, 2014
Small Aircraft Was Not Responding To U.S. Military
American fighter jets were called on to trail “an unresponsive small aircraft” flying over the Atlantic Ocean, NORAD announced On Friday, Sept. 5.
The plane, which CNN says is a seven-seater, was supposed to be in route from Rochester, N.Y. to Naples Florida, planning to land around 2:00pm ET. The aircraft flew over the Atlantic Ocean and over Cuban airspace, before crashing.
The pilot was not responding to U.S. Air Force, trying to communicate with the plane. Two F-15 fighter jets trailed the plane, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, which “launched to investigate an unresponsive aircraft,” as of 11:30pm ET.
It was unknown how much fuel was remaining, while the jets were following the plane. The F-15 fighter jets stopped following the plane, as the plane was unresponsive.
Two Dead In ‘Ghost Plane’ Mystery Crash
Before the plane went down, CNN reported that a NORAD official said, “F-15 pilots tracking the unresponsive plane could see, before the small plane’s windows frosted, a pilot slumped over.”
The official also said one or two other people were believed to be on board.
Larry and Jane Glazer were the passengers believed to be on the plane, according to New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle who described the couple, prominent members of the Rochester business community, as his “longtime personal friends.”
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this crash.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister