KINGSTON: The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has suspended the search for the single-engine aircraft that crashed 14 miles off the coast of the eastern parish of Portland last Friday.
The JDF said this means there will be no diving to recover the aircraft or the bodies of the passengers.
JDF spokesman, Captain Basil Jarrett, said the decision was made on continual reassessment of the situation, noting the reduced probability of finding the aircraft or passengers.
The aircraft crashed in an area with depths of 1,500 to 2,000 metres.
“What this will mean though, is that we will continue to have presence on the coastline just in case any debris might wash ashore,” he said. “Usually after 72 hours it’s very difficult to find survivors and I believe it will be even more difficult to find the debris.”
The U.S. Coast Guard has also suspended its participation in the search and recovery effort.
Meanwhile, parish emergency operations, which were activated following the crash, have also ended.
“Going forward it will now be a salvage operation from the maritime side. I think the aspect of investigation is the business of the Civil Aviation Authority, they will work to carry through to see how best the salvage operation can be done,” said Richard Thompson, Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness.
The aircraft, with Rochester, NY real estate developer Larry Glazer and his wife Jane on board, crashed at approximately 1:10 p.m. in Jamaican waters after running out of fuel. The plane, a single-engine turboprop Socata TBM-700, had departed from Greater Rochester International Airport in New York at 8:45 a.m. en route to Naples, Florida. The pilot of a fighter jet sent to escort the plane after it failed to respond to radio calls reported that Larry Glazer was slumped over the controls of the aircraft.
Larry and Jane Glazer were both 68 years old. They are survived by three children.