Coast Guard suspends Florida jet crash search


U.S. Coast Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss gives an update to the news media outside of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Dania Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, regarding a search and rescue operation for two passengers on a Learjet on a medical flight en route to Mexico that crashed Tuesday night off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Coast Guard officials say they are searching Wednesday for two people aboard a medical flight en route to Mexico that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. The bodies of two others were already found. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) | Zoom

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Coast Guard is suspending its search for two people still missing after their Mexico-bound jet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off South Florida.

The jet crashed Tuesday night as it tried to return to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Two pilots, a doctor and a nurse were on board. The crew had dropped a patient off in Florida and was flying back to Cozumel, Mexico, when the pilot reported an engine failure and attempted to return to the airport.

Authorities recovered two bodies from the wreckage Tuesday night.

Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma said Thursday that the Coast Guard will continue to assist the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation.


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