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Unresponsive Plane Crashes Off the Coast of Jamaica

A turboprop plane flying from New York to Florida has crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot, seen slumped over the controls, did not respond to radio calls for more than four hours.
Conflicting reports say two or three people were on board the plane, which left Rochester, New York, this morning bound for Naples, Florida.
The aircraft stopped responding to radio calls at 10 a.m. ET, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration and continued to fly until it crashed off the coast of Jamaica about this afternoon.
The U.S. Air Force dispatched two F-15 jets to shadow the plane until it entered Cuban airspace, according to a NORAD spokeswoman.
The fighter jets were initially supposed to fly around Cuba’s eastern end and wait in international airspace to pick up the trail, officials said. But the planes instead returned to base to refuel.
Fog was observed on the aircraft’s windows and the pilot was slumped over the controls, according to NORAD, which suggests those aboard were unconscious as the plane continued to fly.
The FAA reported the plane to be a Socata TBM-700, while FlightAware said it believes the aircraft is a TBM-900.
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 will look for the plane’s wreckage, an official said.

Plane crashes and bursts into flames killing 4 in New Mexico, USA

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Four people were killed after a Phoenix-bound small plane crashed in New Mexico, authorities said.
New Mexico State Police said the twin-engine, fixed winged aircraft had just left the Las Cruces Airport when it crashed around 7 p.m. Wednesday and burst into flames about one mile south of Interstate 10 near the southern New Mexico Fair Grounds.
Witnesses said the plane was flying at a low altitude before the crash.
Police said all four people aboard the aircraft were killed. Their names and hometowns aren’t immediately available.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Plane from Florida crashes off Bahamas, four dead

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Four people died after their small plane crashed in the sea off the island of Grand Bahama on Monday, according to Bahamian officials.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration first reported the twin-engine Cessna went missing around 11 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jon-Paul Rios said.

“I was told it had gone down in the vicinity of Freeport, Bahamas, about 6 miles (10 km) from the airport,” he said.

The plane left the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport in northeastern Florida headed toward the island chain about 60 miles (100 km) off the U.S. coast.

Bahamian police said there were no survivors. Rescue workers later recovered the bodies and brought them ashore, according to local media reports. No information about the passengers was available while next of kin were being notified.

Plane crash kills two people in Wayne County, USA

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A plane crashed south of Des Moines in Wayne County Saturday afternoon.
The Iowa State Patrol said the crash killed two people. 
Witnesses said they heard the plane sputtering before it went down in a hay field.
Authorities said they are waiting for Federal Aviation Administration officials to arrive on the scene.

Plane has crashed; Search teams dispatched in Rabbit Ears Pass area, Colorado, USA

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A plane which took off from Steamboat Springs bound for Boulder has apparently crashed.

Search teams Saturday night were making their way toward the crash located east of Steamboat Springs in the Harrison drainage southwest of Walton Peak, a 10,544-foot mountain.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was a Piper PA-28 with two people on board.

The Harrison drainage is in the Rabbit Ears Pass area, according to Jim Linville, incident commander for Routt County Search and Rescue.

“A Civil Air Patrol plane has spotted the aircraft,” said Linville. “We cannot confirm which aircraft it is because we haven’t been to it on the ground.

“But in all probability the plane that is missing and the plane they have seen is the same plane,” Linville added. “It is on Rabbit Ears Pass and we are sending three teams into the field right now. It is a very difficult area to get to.”

Linville said it is an area where there have been three previous plane crashes over the years.

“Planes leaving Steamboat don’t realize they have to gain more altitude before they go up that drainage and that’s where they end up. That has happened several times,” said Linville.

He said the CAP plane had picked up a signal from the downed aircraft.

“The Civil Air Patrol plane did that. They got the signal from the plane and then they were able to spot the fuselage,” said Linville.


Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Everglades, USA

(Courtesy:National Park Service/ Ranger Scott Devore)

Three people walked out of a single engine plane, uninjured after they were forced to make an emergency landing in the Everglades Saturday morning.

The people on board the Piper PA 28 plane were doing training by the Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport.

They had launched from Tamiami Airport earlier that day but at around 10:50 a.m they were heading back to the airport when their engine failed forcing them to land.

The pilot was able to land the plane near Shark Valley Road in the Everglades, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The three people who were on board the plane are all licensed pilots.

Miami-Dade County Police, U.S. National Park Service and Miccosukee Police are investigating the incident.

The FAA is set to arrive to the scene to do an incident assessment.

Plane crashes in north-central Idaho, USA

A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot.

The Clearwater County sheriff’s office says a crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday west of Lolo Pass. The sheriff’s office identified the pilot as 72-year-old Milon Meyer, of Richland, Washington. No one else was on board.

The pilot contacted another airplane Monday morning and reported there was oil on the plane’s windshield. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the pilot was unsure if the plane would make it to its next planned stop in Helena, Montana.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the airplane was a single-engine LancAir Legacy traveling from Richland, Washington, to Baker, Montana. Meyer was headed to Wisconsin for a convention.

Fatal Plane Crash Kills 3 People in Essex Co, USA

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New York State Police are investigating a fatal plane crash in Essex County.

Officials said the single engine plane crashed in the town of North Elba around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. The three people that were on the plane died.

Officials said the plane burst into flames upon impact.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash.

The Lake Placid police and fire departments, as well as the Saranac Lake Fire Department and state police are assisting in the investigation.

Plane crashes into Arkansas River at Fort Smith, USA

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Police in Fort Smith say the pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft crashed into the Arkansas River.
Police Sgt. Don Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting “touch and go” landings and takeoffs when the aircraft flipped and landed on its top in the river early Saturday evening.
Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was able to escape the craft and was rescued by boaters.
Cobb says the plane was floated down river before being pulled from the water.
Cobb says both the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard have been notified of the crash.

Plane crash at Las Vegas Municipal Airport in northeastern New Mexico, USA

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Four family members were injured when a plane crashed Wednesday night while landing at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport in northeastern New Mexico, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Emergency responders airlifted the plane’s owner and pilot, James Fretham, 50, of Chanhassen, Minn., to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, where FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said he was in critical condition late Wednesday.

Elizabeth Fretham, 49, Caitrin Fretham, 21, and a 15-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital Wednesday night.

The plane, which had flown from Ames, Iowa, crashed at about 6:30 p.m., Lunsford said.

Christian Montaño, the Las Vegas, N.M., police chief, said officials haven’t determined what caused the crash. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene Thursday morning to begin an investigation, Lunsford said.

“It usually takes months to determine a cause,” Lunsford said. “Aviation accidents are analyzed very methodically,” and the investigation “involves understanding multiple aspects, including the pilot’s actions, possible wind or weather effects, and the mechanical state of the plane.”

The National Weather Service said that at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, winds were blowing southeast at 14 mph, and it was mostly cloudy in Las Vegas. No rain was reported there between 6 and 7 p.m., the National Weather Service said.