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  • The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been conducting search operations for the single engine aircraft which crashed in Jamaican waters last Friday for the past 48 hours.
  • Assets from both the JDF Coast Guard and the JDF Air Wing are still deployed in the search area but a decision has been made to suspend the search operation at 1600 hours if nothing is sighted or recovered.
  • The decision was made based on continual re-assessment of the situation noting the reduced probability of finding the passengers or aircraft which crashed in an area with depths of 1500 to 2000 metres.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been conducting search operations for the single engine aircraft which crashed in Jamaican waters last Friday for the past 48 hours. Assets from both the JDF Coast Guard and the JDF Air Wing are still deployed in the search area but a decision has been made to suspend the search operation at 1600 hours if nothing is sighted or recovered.

The decision was made based on continual re-assessment of the situation noting the reduced probability of finding the passengers or aircraft which crashed in an area with depths of 1500 to 2000 metres.

The United States Coast Guard last night suspended its participation in the search and rescue efforts as the probability of success or the likelihood of any survivors is minimal. 

On Friday September 5, 2014, the JDF and US authorities tracked the TBM900 aircraft into Jamaican airspace, before it went off radar and crashed approximately 24NM North of Port Antonio. Since then, a joint search and rescue effort has been underway in an area where an oil slick and small debris consistent with an aircraft crash had been spotted.