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Cost of Jamaica's search for TBM 900 plane wreckage to be known weekend

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 1:28 PM

The cost of Jamaica's failed effort to recover the wreckage of the TBM 900 aircraft that crashed off the coast of Portland last week should be known by the weekend.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says it will need some time to determine the financial cost of the search which was called off yesterday.

The 48-hour search operation is expected to have resulted in thousands of litres of gas.

ODPEM’s acting director general Richard Thompson says his agency is to receive estimates from the army and then make the final calculations.

The search by the Jamaica Defence Force team was boosted by support from the United States and France.

Last night, Jamaica Defence Force spokesman, Captain Basil Jarrett said the military’s maritime and air assets are being removed from the search.

American real estate developer Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane, who were on board, are suspected to be dead.

Meanwhile, Jamaican authorities are to hand over the investigation into the plane crash to the United States.

Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Leroy Lindsay says allowing the Americans to lead investigation is logical given the events leading to the crash.

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