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Possible wreckage field identified in Portland waters

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 3:47 PM
Graphic showing the point of origin and the crash point - Flightradar24.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is reporting that US military support has identified a possible wreckage field near Port Antonio, Portland where a small aircraft crashed this afternoon.

The plane is reported to have crashed about 14 miles North East of Port Antonio, Portland after failing to land in Naples, Florida.

A search team comprising the Marine Police, the JDF Coast Guard and a US rescue crew has been combing the seas but has not yet found anything significant.

Flight N900KN carrying two people from Rochester, New York, was expected to land in Naples before noon.

Meanwhile, the JDF has called a press conference for this afternoon at 5:30 at Up Park Camp following the plane crash.


* The pilot, name unknown, filed a flight plan with the FAA to fly from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida.

* 9:45 a.m. - The plane takes off from the Greater Rochester International Airport, New York.

* 11 a.m. - Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot of the Socata TBM700, a high performance single-engine turboprop.

* Plane fails to land in Naples, Florida as planned.

* 12:30 a.m. - Fighter jets were scrambled and followed the plane until it reached Cuban airspace, when they peeled off.

* 1:18 p.m. - Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) says unresponsive plane heading into Jamaican air space.

* Approximately 1:40 p.m. - JDF reports that the plane crashed 14 miles (22km) north east of Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica and dispatches rescue team.

More on the ill-fated flight:

Flight number - N900KN

Owners - Buckingham Properties, operated by developer Larry Glazer, who also is president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association.

WATCH: Special Report - Small plane crashes in Jamaican waters

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