Private plane from NY crashes near Jamaica after pilot unresponsive; leaves only questions

Private plane from NY crashes near Jamaica after pilot unresponsive; leaves only questions

[Ed. – This is getting to be a weird pattern.]

An unresponsive small private plane that lost contact with ground controllers Friday morning during a flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Naples, Fla., has crashed into the sea off the island of Jamaica.

Jamaican Defense Force Civil Military Coordinator Major Basil Jarrett confirmed to Fox News Friday that the plane crashed into the water 14 miles northeast of Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Early reports indicated there were three people on the plane. Jarrett did not provide any information on who was aboard, but said Jamaica has dispatched a rescue team to the crash site.

FlightAware, an aviation tracking website, identified the plane’s tail number as N900KN. FAA records show the plane is owned by a company based at the same address as a real estate firm in Rochester. The firm, Buckingham Properties, is owned by developer Larry Glazer, who also is president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association. …

The plane took off at 8:45 a.m. EDT from the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York, according to local officials. Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot of the Socata TBM700, a high performance single-engine turboprop, at 10 a.m. ET, the U.S.  Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The pilot, who was not identified, had filed a flight plan with the FAA to fly from Rochester to Naples, Florida. F-15 fighter jets were scrambled at 11:30 a.m. EDT and followed the plane until it reached Cuban airspace, when they peeled off…

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