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American plane crashes off the coast of Jamaica

Private plane crashes enroute to Naples, Florida

North American Aerospace Defense Command dispatched two fighter jets to escort an unresponsive aircraft near the Atlantic; Howevere the plane kept flying and crashed near Jamaica. The flight originated from Rochester, N.Y. and was scheduled to arrive in Naples Florida. It had departed from Greater Rochester International Airport on Friday just before 8:30 a.m. and was scheduled to land at Naples Municipal Airport at noon.

The pilot stopped responding to radio calls at 10am according to FAA officials. The FAA air traffic controllers continued to track the aircraft as it flew south, passing the southern coast of Florida at an altitude near 25,000 feet.

The unresponsive plane crashed into the ocean about 14 miles off the coast of Port Antonio, Jamaica, at about 2:15 p.m., according to the FAA. The agency said it was unable to confirm the number of people on board. NORAD said that The Coast Guard was dispatching a C-130 from Florida to look for the aircraft along with Jamaican officials.

Rochester developer Larry Glazer, according to Fox News, owned the plane. Both local and state officials offered their condolences and confirmed that Glazer and his wife were the ones killed in the crash. Governor Cuomo released a statement saying:

I join the residents of Rochester during this difficult week in mourning the loss of Larry and Jane Glazer in today’s tragic plane crash,” “The Glazers were innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester and making the city they loved a better place for all. I offer my deepest condolences to the Glazers’ family and friends during this difficult and trying time.”

NORAD believes that hypoxia could have been the cause of the lost contact. According to military officials a fighter jet reportedly observed condensation on one of the windows of the plane. Mechanical problems or a window or fuselage leak can also lead to rapid cabin depressurization. When that happens, the time of useful consciousness a pilot has in which to react is measured in seconds.

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