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JDF dispatches rescue team to plane crash site

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 2:05 PM
Graphic showing the point of origin and the crash point - Flightradar24.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has dispatched two aircraft to the site 14 miles North East of Port Antonio, Portland where a plane crashed a short while ago.

The JDF says a dive team is among the responders.

It's understood that two people were aboard the Socata TBM700, a high performance single-engine turboprop.

In the meantime, the United States has dispatched a P3 Orion surveillance aircraft to the site.

Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot at 10 a.m.

The aircraft left Rochester, New York this morning and was scheduled to land in Naples, Florida.

It drew the attention of US authorities when it failed to land.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had been trying to make contact with the aircraft since 10 o'clock this morning.

It was believed to be flying on autopilot.

Two US F15 fighter jets were trailing the plane but broke off before it entered Cuban airspace.

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