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Unresponsive U.S. Plane Crashes Off The Coast Of Jamaica

Jamaican officials say unresponsive U.S. plane has crashed off the coast of the island.

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Jamaican rescuers located an oil slick Friday evening in the area where the plane is believed to have gone down, the AP reported. A Jamaica Defense Force officer also told CNN crews had spotted wreckage in the area.

Officials say a small private plane flying from Rochester, New York, has crashed in Jamaica, the Associated Press reported.

Around 10 a.m ET, the pilot of the Socata TBM-700 became unresponsive and stopped responding to radio calls, the FAA said. The plane, bound for Naples, Florida, then began cruising over the Atlantic Ocean toward Cuba.

FlightAware, an aviation tracking website, identified the plane's tail number as N900KN.

Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets following the plane pulled away after it entered Cuban airspace, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.

FlightAware showed the plane over the Caribbean Sea south of Cuba at about 2 p.m. ET before losing contact with aircraft.

A Jamaican military spokesman told AP that the plane went down 14 miles northeast of Port Antonio.

The U.S. Coast Guard has initiated a search for the downed plane in the region.

Local media report that Rochester real estate tycoon Larry Glazer and his wife Jane died in the crash.

The Glazer family confirms Larry and Jane Glazer have died in plane crash. They were pillars of the community. Such a giant loss for #ROC.

Rachel Barnhart@rachbarnhart

The Glazer family confirms Larry and Jane Glazer have died in plane crash. They were pillars of the community. Such a giant loss for #ROC.

3:01 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Larry Glazer's vision was guiding the Midtown project. He also owned Xerox and Bausch & Lomb tower. #ROC

Rachel Barnhart@rachbarnhart

Larry Glazer's vision was guiding the Midtown project. He also owned Xerox and Bausch & Lomb tower. #ROC

3:03 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The FAA says the plane was registered Glazer's company, Buckingham Properties.

FAA: Plane registered to Buckingham Properties' address on Alexander St. That company - owned by Larry Glazer. #13WHAM

13WHAM@13WHAM

FAA: Plane registered to Buckingham Properties' address on Alexander St. That company - owned by Larry Glazer. #13WHAM

1:48 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The FAA and NORAD confirm the crash.

FAA: Aircraft descended into the ocean off Jamaica at about 2:15pm ET

Dan Linden@DanLinden

FAA: Aircraft descended into the ocean off Jamaica at about 2:15pm ET

2:53 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

FAA confirms the unresponsive aircraft crashed about 14 miles off the coast of Port Antonio, Jamaica at about 2:15 p.m. EDT.

NORAD & USNORTHCOM@NoradNorthcom

FAA confirms the unresponsive aircraft crashed about 14 miles off the coast of Port Antonio, Jamaica at about 2:15 p.m. EDT.

3:16 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

More NORAD: fighters initially saw pilot slumped over, but then cockpit windows frosted over--sign of cabin decompression and hypoxia.

Charlie Kaye@CharlieKayeCBS

More NORAD: fighters initially saw pilot slumped over, but then cockpit windows frosted over--sign of cabin decompression and hypoxia.

2:03 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is the aircraft, a Socata TBM-900 tail number N900KN, being escorted by F-15s (Credit Iain Marshall)

Alex Fitzpatrick@AlexJamesFitz

This is the aircraft, a Socata TBM-900 tail number N900KN, being escorted by F-15s (Credit Iain Marshall)

1:15 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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