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Unresponsive plane from U.S. crashes in Jamaica

Unresponsive plane from U.S. crashes in Jamaica

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that Jamaican officials say unresponsive plane has crashed on the island.

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(CNN) – There appear to be two pilots aboard the unresponsive plane now flying over Cuba, a federal aviation source tells CNN’s Deborah Feyerick. The source described the pilots as unconscious. Based on calculations of fuel known to be aboard the aircraft, the source said the plane probably ran out of fuel about 2 p.m. ET.

[Original story, published 1:48 p.m.]

(CNN) — A Cuban fighter jet Friday was trailing a small aircraft that was unresponsive over the Atlantic Ocean and flying over Cuban airspace, NORAD said.

U.S. authorities say that they do not think the plane poses a security threat and that the pilot and occupants may be incapacitated.

The U.S. military launched a pair of jet fighters to trail the aircraft, but the U.S. planes broke off before reaching Cuban airspace 12 miles off the island’s coast, NORAD said. The plane was cruising at about 25,000 feet.

Ted Soliday, executive director of the Naples, Florida, airport where the plane was headed, told CNN that he did not know how many people were on board the six-seat aircraft. It’s believed the plane could be running out of fuel.

“Once it gets up that high, it can cruise at good speed with low fuel use,” he said.

Two F-15s had been flying with the plane east of Florida. The windows, according to a NORAD spokesman, were frosted and it was unknown how much fuel was left.

“We do not know the people or what their condition is,” Soliday said. “They been flying for almost five hours. That’s a long time for that aircraft.”

NORAD was in touch with Cuban authorities via the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. military jets will not enter Cuban airspace, a NORAD spokesman said.

The Socata TBM-700 light business and utility aircraft departed from Rochester, New York, with a flight plan to land in Naples, NORAD said. But the plane’s occupants did not respond to communication attempts.

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