Recovery phase begins following plane crash in Jamaican waters
Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online
The acting director general of Jamaica's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Richard Thompson says it's now down to the recovery phase following a plane crash off the coast of Portland today.
Local rescue teams are to be assisted by a US cutter which will be combing an area 1500 - 2,000 metres deep for the single engine aircraft that went down around 1:05 p.m. today.
Thompson says based on the amount of time that has elapsed, the operation now has to shift phases from search and rescue to recovery.
The flight, with two people aboard left New York for Naples, Florida.
It's pilot was unresponsive after the plane failed to land.
The plane then flew over Cuban airspace before heading into Jamaican waters where it went down.
A local search team, assisted by the US vessel, will resume recovery operations tomorrow in an area where an oil slick has been detected.
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