Two men rescued as small plane crashes

Published: Wednesday | April 4, 2012 Comments 0

ORANJESTAD (AP):

The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard says it has rescued two men who were on-board a small plane that crashed into the Caribbean Sea near the island of Aruba.

A coast guard spokeswoman says the Beechcraft had taken off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was en route to Curaçao. Vanessa Strijbosch says the pilot radioed the airport in Aruba to report an emergency just before contact was lost with the plane. The plane crash occurred yesterday about 20 miles (32 kilometres) northeast of Aruba. The pilot and co-pilot are from Brazil.

A coast guard helicopter reached the pair as the wreckage of their plane was still sinking. They were flown to a nearby ship for a check-up but they had no apparent injuries.

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