Mystery of US couple’s plane crash

Published: Sunday 7th September 2014 by The News Editor

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Rescue crews have not been able to solve the mystery of a small plane that went on a ghostly 1,700-mile journey after the pilot was apparently incapacitated.

Officials searching off Jamaica’s coast said they could no longer see debris spotted earlier, hitting efforts to discover why the plane carrying a prominent New York state couple crashed.

They said possible wreckage from the single-engine turboprop Socata TBM700 was sighted on Friday evening by a military aircraft flying off the island’s north-east coast, drifting roughly 24 miles off the coastal town of Port Antonio.

The island’s military said that Jamaican and US officials felt the sighting was “consistent with that of a high-impact debris field”.

But yesterday Jamaica coastguard commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman said the pieces of floating debris could no longer be seen.

“We would have to assume it may have sunk,” she said.

The area where the private French-made plane went down has depths of more than 6,500 feet, according to Leroy Lindsay, director general of Jamaica’s civil aviation authority.

He said French authorities have volunteered to provide help to bring wreckage up from the ocean depths when it is found.

The plane was carrying Rochester property developer Laurence Glazer and his entrepreneur wife, Jane – both experienced pilots.

On Friday, US fighter pilots launched to shadow the unresponsive aircraft observed the pilot slumped over and its windows frosting over.

Officials say the plane slammed into the sea when it ran out of fuel at least 14 miles off Jamaica’s coastline.

Miami coastguards said on Friday that three people were reportedly on board the plane. The couple’s son Rick Glazer said he could not confirm his parents were killed, adding: “We know so little.”

Published: Sunday 7th September 2014 by The News Editor

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