Coast Guard responding to unresponsive aircraft over the Atlantic

MIAMI – Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th district command center in Miami received a call from USNORTHCOM at 11 a.m. reporting that a Socata TBM 700 light business and utility single engine turbo prop aircraft departed Rochester, New York at 8:26 a.m. with three people aboard who are reportedly unresponsive. The plane was scheduled to arrive in Naples, Florida at noon.

A Coast Guard C-130 aircrew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida enroute to monitor. Two F-15 fighter jets under the direction of NORAD launched to investigate.

The plane is reportedly travelling at about 250 knots.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation in close coordination with USNORTHCOM and the FAA. More information will be made available as it develops.

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