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Coast Guard ends search

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Coast Guard ends search

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Captain Basil Jarrett of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has confirmed that the United States (US) Coast Guard Cutter has called off its search for the TBM900 aircraft that crashed in Jamaican waters near Portland on Friday.

Major Jarrett said that a spokesman from the Cutter Bernard Webber said it is unlikely they will find any survivors at this time, so they are moving out.

The JDF Air Wing and Coast Guard will continue the search and recovery operation, Major Jarrett said.

The aircraft, which crashed at approximately 1:10 p.m. departed from Rochester, New York, heading south to Naples, Florida, with two people on board.

The aircraft was reported to be non-responsive to communication from United States Air Traffic Control, and is suspected of running out of fuel and crashing somewhere north of Portland, Jamaica. (Jamaica Observer)