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  • Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Elizabeth Martinez, has thanked the Government of Jamaica for its response to the crash of the TBM900 aircraft in Jamaican waters on September 5.
  • “Coordination between all of the Jamaican authorities and the Unites States authorities has been excellent and again we are very thankful,” Mrs. Martinez said.
  • Mrs. Martinez also noted that the United States Embassy has been in contact with the family members affected by the plane crash and will be keeping them updated.

Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in  Kingston, Elizabeth Martinez, has thanked the Government of Jamaica for its response to the crash of the TBM900 aircraft in Jamaican waters on September 5.

“Coordination between all of the Jamaican authorities and the Unites States authorities has been excellent and again we are very thankful,” Mrs. Martinez said.

She was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Saturday, September 6.

The media briefing was attended by personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of Health and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Mrs. Martinez also noted  that the United States Embassy has been in contact with the family members affected by the plane crash and will be keeping them updated.

The aircraft, which crashed at approximately 1:10 p.m. on September 5,  had departed  Rochester, New York, heading south to Naples, Florida, with two persons on board.

It 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 over the Caribbean Sea.

The JDF is currently executing search operations to locate and recover debris from the wreckage of the missing aircraft. This  is  being bolstered by the arrival of the United States Coast Guard Cutter to assist in the operation.