Jet crashes into the Atlantic with four people on board
MIAMI (AP) -
A Learjet that left the Fort Lauderdale airport for Cozumel, Mexico,
plunged into the Atlantic with four people aboard Tuesday evening, a
federal aviation spokeswoman said.
The Learjet 35, with a Mexican registration, went down about three
miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, its
departure point, and ended up in waters about a mile offshore, Federal
Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email.
The Coast Guard said in a news release that it had dispatched
search-and-rescue crews aboard two vessels, along with a helicopter crew
from Coast Guard Air Station Miami. There was no immediate word from
the FAA or Coast Guard on the fate of those aboard.
Bergen told The Associated Press the plane was carrying two pilots
and two passengers. But she did not immediately identify them or
describe the circumstances prior to the plane going down.
She had reported earlier that the plane had gone down about four
miles off the coast, but had noted her initial information was
preliminary and was still developing Tuesday evening.
The flight had departed for Cozumel, an island off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.