Sep 5, 2014
'Unresponsive Aircraft': Plane Crashes After F-15 Chase Over Atlantic, two people have killed
The pilot had been spotted “unconscious and slumped over” in the cockpit, U.S. officials told NBC News. NORAD, the joint American and Canadian air command, said on Twitter that the people on board might be suffering from oxygen deprivation.
The plane was registered to Rochester, New York, real estate developer Larry Glazer. He and his wife Jane were the only people on board, their son, Ken, told CNBC.
The plane, a six-seater Socata model TBM-700, took off just before 8:30 a.m. ET from Rochester and was headed for Naples, Florida. The FAA said it stopped responding to radio calls about an hour and a half later.
Fighter jets were dispatched but broke off the trail after the plane entered Cuban airspace. The F-15s "circled around" and resumed the chase as the small plane exited Cuba's territorial waters, officials said.
A map provided by FlightAware, a flight tracking service, put the plane over Cuba, hundreds of miles away from its intended landing point in Naples. Its path sent it toward the eastern end of Jamaica.
Glazer, founder of Buckingham Properties, is a veteran pilot who is president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association.