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.
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.
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.
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.
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.