Rescue crews searching off Jamaica's coast on Saturday said they could no longer see debris spotted earlier, stymieing efforts to solve the mystery surrounding a small plane carrying a prominent upstate New York couple that went on a ghostly 1,700-mile journey after the pilot was apparently incapacitated.
Jamaican officials said that possible wreckage from the single-engine turboprop Socata TBM was sighted Friday evening by a military aircraft flying off the island's northeast coast, drifting roughly 24 miles off the coastal town of Port Antonio. The island's military said in a statement that Jamaican and U.S. officials felt the sighting was "consistent with that of a high-impact debris field."
But on Saturday Jamaica Coast Guard Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman said that the pieces of floating debris could no longer be seen. "We would have to assume it may have sunk," she said. The area where the private French-made plane went down has depths of more than 6,500 feet, according to Leroy Lindsay, director general of Jamaica's civil aviation authority. Rochester real estate developer Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane, are believed to have been killed in the crash.
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