updated 12/25/2009 12:57:47 PM ET 2009-12-25T17:57:47

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two men after a small plane apparently crashed near the Bahamas.

Coast Guard officials in Miami said Friday that the plane's last known location was about 10 miles northeast of Plana Cays, Bahamas.

The Piper PA-27 twin engine-aircraft departed the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Thursday. Officials say the men were flying to Grenada.

According to the Coast Guard, a Federal Aviation Administration controller reported losing radar and radio contact with the plane around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Around the same time, a civilian pilot flying in the same area contacted the FAA and reported hearing a plane's emergency distress call.

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