The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday stopped searching for remains of a plane that crashed off the coast of Jamaica two days earlier with a prominent upstate New York couple on board. The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) would continue searching for the plane and bodies of the couple, who are presumed dead, but "it doesn't look very encouraging," said JDF spokesman Major Basil Jarrett.
The single-engine turboprop Socata TBM was pursued by fighter planes on Friday as it made a 1,700-mile journey with a pilot who was apparently incapacitated before reaching its demise in the Atlantic Ocean. The JDF said a debris field was spotted Friday, but search crews could not be sure the floating objects were part of the plane that was carrying real estate developer Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane. When the JDF and Coast Guard resumed searching on Saturday morning, the debris were gone. "We would have to assume it may have sunk," said Jamaica Coast Guard Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman on Saturday night. Officials hope retrieving the debris will shed light on what caused the plane to go down, and exactly how many people were on board. The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District had originally reported three people were on the doomed aircraft.
"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the two missing people; the Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation," said USCG Capt. Todd M. Coggeshall, chief of response management, in a statement. "After a search area is saturated several times with a maximum number of assets, resources and crew effort, and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case."
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— Elisha Fieldstadt