(NEW YORK) — A turboprop plane flying from New York to Florida has crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot, seen slumped over the controls, did not respond to radio calls for more than four hours.
Two people were believed to be aboard the plane, which left Rochester, New York, Friday morning bound for Naples, Florida.
Ken Glazer, the son of Larry and Jane Glazer of Rochester, told ABC affiliate WHAM that his parents were the only two people on board the plane.
The aircraft stopped responding to radio calls at 10 a.m. ET, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration and continued to fly until it crashed off the coast of Jamaica about Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Air Force dispatched two F-15 jets to shadow the plane until it entered Cuban airspace, according to a NORAD spokeswoman.
The fighter jets were initially supposed to fly around Cuba’s eastern end and wait in international airspace to pick up the trail, officials said. But the planes instead returned to base to refuel.
Fog was observed on the aircraft’s windows and the pilot was slumped over the controls, according to NORAD, which suggests those aboard were unconscious as the plane continued to fly.
Glazer was CEO and managing partner of Buckingham Properties and pioneered Rochester’s downtown development.
Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said the city would fly flags at half mast for the Glazers as well as Police Officer Daryl Pierson, who was shot in the line of duty.
“It is difficult to put into words how much Larry Glazer has meant to our community,” the mayor said. “Larry worked hard to return a sense of vitality and excitement to our Center City. His efforts helped to lift our spirits and restore our sense of optimism. He has been a treasured friend and partner.”
The FAA reported the plane to be a Socata TBM-700, while FlightAware said it believes the aircraft is a TBM-900.
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 will look for the plane’s wreckage, an official said. Jamaica said a search and rescue team had been dispatched to the area.
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