Unresponsive plane crashes off Jamaica

An unresponsive aircraft that was tracked by US fighter jets over the Atlantic Ocean has crashed off the island of Jamaica, officials said.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) scrambled F-15s to intercept the flight bound for Naples, Florida, from Rochester, New York at about 11.30am local time.

The jets were forced to break off as the unresponsive aircraft, a Socata TBM-700, continued south from Florida over Cuban airspace.

The aircraft was last tracked nearing the Jamaica, before local military officials confirmed it had crashed into the ocean north of the island.

The incident marks the second time in less than a week that a private pilot has become unresponsive during a flight.

On Saturday, a pilot lost consciousness and his plane drifted into restricted airspace over Washington DC. Fighter jets were launched in that case and stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic.

Norad referred to the latest incident as a “possible hypoxia”, meaning a loss of oxygen inside the plane.

US media reports indicated that the F-15 pilots reported seeing two people slumped over inside the cockpit, and that the aircraft’s windows were frosted, which could be caused by the loss of oxygen.

A Socata TBM700, like this one, crashed off Jamaica.


5 Responses to Unresponsive plane crashes off Jamaica

  1. Sandra Norville
    Sandra Norville September 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    i hope it aint come from Africa?

  2. Däle Blues
    Däle Blues September 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Twice within one week. Should we be alarmed? What are the odds?

  3. Nelson Darwin
    Nelson Darwin September 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    That is not what Hypoxia means. Get your facts straight.

  4. Joseph Harding September 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I guess if the plane was a person that it could be affected by hypoxia.

  5. Olive Sukul
    Olive Sukul September 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Twice in one week, both crashing, both intercepted by scrambled F-15s…..?????


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