News Americas, PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica, Fri. Sept. 5, 2014: Jewish real estate developer and Rochester resident Larry Glazer and his wife Jane Glazer, are declared dead after the small private plane in which they were travelling crashed off the east coast of Jamaica on Friday.
The plane reported veered far off its course toward southwest Florida and triggered a U.S. security alert that prompted a fighter jet escort, Reuters reported.
The pilot stopped responding to radio calls about an hour after take-off from Greater Rochester International Airport in New York and was headed to Naples Municipal Airport in Florida, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The single-engine, seven-seater plane, a Socata TBM700, flew for several hours at an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) southbound down the Florida east coast and south over Cuba, the FAA said.
Search and rescue teams, including a military plane and a helicopter, were dispatched to the crash site about 14 miles (22 km) north of the tourist town of Port Antonio, Jamaica’s Civil Aviation Authority said.
The United States Coast Guard also joined the search, the Jamaica Defence Force said.