Plane with unresponsive pilot crashes off Jamaica

Posted at 2:10 PM, Sep 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 10:59:42-04

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A private U.S. plane with an unresponsive pilot has crashed into the ocean north of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, after flying more than 1,400 miles.

Jamaica's military says it has sent aircraft to investigate. There's no word yet on the people on board.

The plane took off this morning from Rochester, New York, headed for Naples, Florida. Air traffic controllers were last able to contact the pilot a little more than an hour later. Fighter jets were scrambled, and followed the plane until it reached Cuban airspace, when they peeled off.

According to FAA records, the plane is owned by a company at the same address as a real estate firm in Rochester. The firm is owned by developer Larry Glazer, and its website says Glazer spends some of his spare time flying his plane.

Glazer's son said he had no comment.