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Wreckage believed to be that of missing aircraft spotted

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 10:56 AM
A photograph of the wreckage believed to be that of missing TBM 900 - JDF Photo
Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard vessels enroute to the crash site - JDF Photo

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is reporting that wreckage believed to be from the missing single engine aircraft has been spotted about 24 nautical miles off the coast of Port Antonio, Portland.

The JDF says the debris field was spotted yesterday.

"While it is not yet possible to confirm that the debris sighted is from the missing TBM 900, our pilots are very confident that the sighting is consistent with that of a high impact debris field, and this has since been corroborated by a United States Coast Guard C130 Aircraft involved in the operation," says JDF spokesman Major Basil Jarrett.

The aircraft, which crashed at approximately 1:10 pm yesterday, had departed Rochester, New York, for Naples, Florida with two persons on board.

The aircraft was reported to be non-responsive to communication from United States Air Traffic Control and is suspected of running out of fuel and crashing somewhere over the Caribbean Sea.

The JDF says it is currently executing search operations to locate and recover the debris in order to positively identify it as part of the wreckage of the missing aircraft.

The JDF Coast Guard is to continuing the recovery operation throughout the night.

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