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Unresponsive US Plane Crashes Off Jamaica

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Jamaican Marine Police return to the Port Antonio Marina after a fruitless search for a plane that crashed into the ocean near Port Antonio, Jamaica, Sept. 5, 2014.

Jamaican Marine Police return to the Port Antonio Marina after a fruitless search for a plane that crashed into the ocean near Port Antonio, Jamaica, Sept. 5, 2014.

The search for a small private plane that left the U.S., crossed through Cuban airspace then crashed off the coast of Jamaica continues Saturday.

The aircraft made a ghostly 2,700 kilometer journey from Rochester, New York, down the Atlantic Coast and beyond Friday before crashing.

The pilot had been in touch with air traffic controllers at least twice, requesting a descent in altitude.

When the pilot failed to respond to air traffic controllers, U.S. military jets were dispatched to investigate.

Cuban authorities allowed a U.S. military plane to follow the seven-seat Socata TBM700 through Cuban airspace; a surprising degree of cooperation between the two countries who are longtime foes.

Prominent real estate developer Larry Glazer and his wife Jane took off from Greater Rochester International Airport Friday morning en route to Naples, Florida. Their son says both were experienced pilots.

Military pilots observed Larry Glazer slumped over before the small aircraft's windows became frosted, indicating the possible loss of oxygen causing the pilot to become unconscious. However, the cause of the crash has not been determined.

Jamaican officials said Friday an oil slick was found, but no debris or bodies have been recovered.

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